A dental crown (also known as a “cap”) can be considered a tooth shaped “helmet” that is placed over a person’s natural tooth above the gum line. It will restore the person’s natural tooth to the proper size, shape, strength, and color as the adjacent teeth.
Why do I need a dental crown?
Dental crowns are necessary and are the treatment of choice in the following situations:
- Fractured teeth
- Badly broken down teeth
- To protect teeth that have had root canal treatment
- Cosmetic enhancement to improve color, shape, or size of teeth
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Commonly Asked Questions About Dental Crowns
No, a dental crown is permanently bonded or cemented. It is not meant to come in and out. If it does, it is indicative of something wrong.
The doctor will administer proper anesthesia to the tooth, if it is required. The tooth is then shaped and an impression will be made and sent to a laboratory. The laboratory will use this impression to fabricate a permanent crown. In the second visit, this permanent crown will be inserted onto the tooth. A temporary crown is placed on the tooth in between the first and second visits.
If a temporary crown cracks, or loosens, you must contact the dentist immediately. Your natural tooth must stay protected until the permanent crown is inserted.
After a permanent crown is inserted, it usually takes a few days to get acclimated to the new material.
It is not typical for permanent crowns to fall off or become loose. If this occurs, there is something serious occurring and must be addressed.
The most common materials include zirconia, porcelain, gold, and occasionally other metals. The dentists at El Barrio Dental Studio will inform you of your best options for restoration.
This typically happens around crowns which are made of metal inside. Over time, the gum can recess, and the metal within the dental crown shows through. Newer crowns are made of materials such as zirconia and porcelain are used to avoid this.
First, you must be examined to make sure there is no tooth decay, or tartar around your crown. If your existing crown is made from a combination of metal and porcelain, the only solution is to replace it with a metal free (zirconia or porcelain) crown.
There is not definite answer to this. Crowns will last longer the better oral hygiene is performed and if you maintain 6 month recall appointments.
Call El Barrio Dental Studio today at (212) 369-0680 to schedule a consultation.