When other procedures are not effective, a dental crown can be used. A crown is an artificial cap placed on the top of a tooth, and has a very long life expectancy compared to all other cosmetic restorations. Dental crowns are typically made of a material like porcelain, and are used to bring back a tooth’s utility and appearance after a dental procedure such as a root canal. When a tooth becomes so decayed that large pieces of it must be removed, dental crowns are often used as a solution. A crown can also be used to prevent a cracked tooth from worsening, cover an implant, attach a bridge, or fix an existing filling on the verge of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns can also be used for cosmetic purposes, such as to return a stained or discolored tooth to its natural appearance.
In order for a dental crown to be placed on a tooth, the tooth typically must be reduced in size. At some of the older Fort Lauderdale dental offices an original tooth is casted and an impression is made, using a gooey paste which is then sent to a lab where the customized crown is manufactured. In our modern dental office we electronically scan the original tooth with a 3D digital scanner. Sometimes an interim crown is worn until the permanent crown is ready. The permanent crown is bonded to the tooth with cement, which holds it in place.
Caring For Your Crowns
When cared for correctly, a good quality crown could last up to eight years or more. Flossing near the crown is essential for eradicating plaque and removing buildup around the area. The life of a crown can be shortened by specific behaviors such as jaw clenching or teeth grinding, and eating hard or brittle foods can damage the crown or cause it to lose its adhesiveness.