Dental crowns are a simple yet permanent way to improve your teeth and smile. Allow Lincoln Smiles to give you an overview of crowns so you can decide if they might be something that would benefit you. Then schedule an appointment with us to determine the next steps to be taken.
What Is A Crown?
Dental crowns are used to restore size, shape, and function to cracked, worn, discolored, misshapen, or otherwise damaged teeth, making them stronger and improving their appearance. Crowns are also used to treat deep cavities that can’t be fixed with fillings as well as to provide support and protection to the area after a root canal, a dental bridge, a dental implant, or to replace an existing crown.
A variety of material may be used to create a crown, including composite resin, metal alloys, porcelain, or a combination of materials. The makeup best suited for your own crown depends on factors like the function and location of the tooth, how visible the tooth is when you smile, the extent of the damage to the tooth, personal preference, and financial ability.
The cost of a crown also depends on a tooth’s location, function, visibility, and damage. For example, more extensive damage may require additional or more involved prep work, which can add significantly to the total. An additional factor in cost is the material used to create the crown. Crowns made of gold or porcelain are, of course, more expensive than crowns made of a metal alloy.
What Can I Expect of Crown Placement?
Crown placement generally takes two visits to complete. At the first of these, we will remove the outer portion of the tooth, along with any decay. We will file it down to make room for the crown. Next, we will make an impression of the area to be treated in order to get a perfect fit for your mouth. We may place a temporary crown where the permanent one will be until you return for the actual placement. Once the new crown is ready, we will put it in place, adjusting as needed before cementing the crown in place.
A few things to keep in mind for after your crown placement are that some patients experience sensitivity to hot or cold food or drinks with a crowned tooth, and crowns can be susceptible to chipping or cracking from hard or crunchy foods.
How Do I Care for My Crown?
Crowns generally last five to fifteen years. While their material makeup plays a role in how long they last, how well you care for crowns largely determines their life span. Don’t bite your nails or open anything with your teeth and avoid chewing on hard things like ice and hard candy. Also, maintain healthy oral hygiene habits like brushing twice a day and flossing daily, attend regular dental exams, and contact us right away if something feels off.
If you believe you may benefit from a crown, we can help. Call Lincoln Smiles at 916-543-8800 today to schedule an appointment.