Crowns, also called "caps," are the strongest and most durable way to restore fractured teeth, teeth with extensive decay, large defective fillings or other damages that can compromise a tooth’s structural integrity. Dr. Beizaee and Dr. Saati also use crowns in cosmetic dentistry to whiten teeth, close gaps, reshape and realign your teeth to create a healthy and beautiful smile.
Crowns are necessary following root canal treatment or when a large portion of your tooth needs to be restored due to decay or fracture. A crown covers the entire tooth surface.
What is the procedure like? To place a crown on a tooth, the tooth is prepared or reduced to make room for the crown to be seated on the tooth. An impression of the prepared tooth is taken and sent to a dental laboratory to be used towards a model to fabricate the crown. It usually takes the lab 2 weeks to make the crown. In the meantime, you will have a temporary crown placed on your tooth. The shade of the crown is chosen by both patient and dentist, and instructed to the lab to make the crown.
How long do crowns last?
The cleaner the crown is kept, the longer it will last. Be sure to brush twice and floss once daily. Some crowns last 5 years, whereas other crowns last more.
Depending on the type of treatment you have received for your dental problem, it might be necessary to:
- Have your tooth restored to its original size and shape
- Supply additional physical support for the treated tooth
- Get a complete "makeover" on the affected tooth
For cases like these, a crown is the most logical option.
While inlays and onlays cover the chewing surface of the tooth and fillings fill in the empty interior space of the tooth, crowns completely cover every visible part of the tooth – which is why they are sometimes referred to as "caps." A part of your tooth remains but is essentially "rebuilt" to resemble the tooth at its exterior best.
While porcelain crowns certainly can improve the look of a tooth or multiple teeth, it is recommended only in conjunction with prior repair of the tooth – not simply for cosmetic purposes.
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