Crowns are permanent prosthetic devices that are attached to a tooth or implant with a cement-like adhesive to improve its form and function. Teeth that become cracked, chipped, fractured, or decayed may need crowns, but we also use them to augment the appearance of a tooth.
Benefits of Crowns
If you need dental work done, you should consider having crowns installed. Other forms of tooth restoration can’t match the quality of the fabrication techniques used for crowns.
Crowns are made of porcelain, partly or entirely, or a glass-like substance similar to porcelain. Crowns made of a mixture of materials are also available. The substances used for crowns resemble the color and shade of your regular teeth so that onlookers won’t tell the difference. These ceramic materials reflect light just like normal teeth to give you a shiny smile. It is particularly important for the front teeth to have an adequate appearance since they feature prominently.
Number of Appointments
The primary procedure for crowns involves two appointments. During the first, we place a temporary crown until the permanent crown is done, and we call you in for the second one in which we place it.
We also offer a procedure that allows you to get a crown installed in one appointment instead of two. This procedure takes a few hours, but it allows you to forego the temporary crown and skip the waiting period because we craft and place your new crown all in one visit.
Longevity of Crowns
Your crowns require proper oral care in the form of daily brushing and flossing. Also, remember to eat a balanced diet. Refrain from eating hard food, chewing objects like ice and pens, and using your teeth to open the plastic packaging and things of that nature. If you take good care of your crowns, they can last for the rest of your life.
On certain rare occasions, a patient can have an allergic reaction to the materials used for their crown, but there are other problems that are more common yet easily fixed.
Your newly crowned tooth might feel a bit sensitive or uncomfortable as the anesthesia is wearing off. In such cases, we often prescribe a special kind of toothpaste that reduces sensitivity. Also, contact us if you suffer pain when biting down, as this may indicate that the crown is placed too high on your tooth.
Crowns made partially or completely of porcelain can often chip, but we can repair minor chips with composite resin. Larger chips may warrant a replacement crown.
If the tooth under the crown decays, this can cause the crown to come off. Crowns can also loosen if the cement underneath it gets washed out. Not only that, but bacteria can enter the gap that is formed.
Contact us if one of your crowns feels loose or comes out. In the case of the latter, clean the tooth and the crown.
For more information, please contact our office at (631) 659-5599.