Crowns restore, strengthen, and improve the shape of teeth. Dental crowns are most often used for teeth with severe decay that could not support fillings. The crown becomes your tooth’s outer surface and can be made of porcelain, metal, or a combination of both.
You need a dental crown if there is insufficient tooth strength to support a dental filling remaining after removing the decayed and damaged areas of the tooth. While fillings place restorative materials in your mouth, the crown is created in a laboratory and sculpted to fit your bite and jaw perfectly.
The team at William Lessne, D.D.S. & Bilal Chaudhry D.D.S.s recommends crowns if any of the following apply to you:
Dental crowns are not only solutions that restore the functionality of your teeth, but they also improve the appearance of your teeth. Crowns look like healthy, natural teeth.
If your dentist determines you need a crown, they first prepare the tooth by removing all areas of decay and damage. An impression of your mouth is created, and X-rays are taken so the laboratory can customize a crown to fit your mouth.
You wear a temporary crown that your dentist makes in the office while waiting for your permanent crown. When the crown is ready, you return to the dentist to fit the crown over the tooth. Dental cement secures it in place, fully covering the tooth above the gum line and giving you a tooth as strong and functional as a natural tooth.
Caring for crowns requires the same oral hygiene routine as your natural teeth. After investing in a crown, it’s important to brush and floss twice daily to maintain your crown and the rest of your teeth.
Crowns are strong, but chewing hard or sticky foods, using your teeth to open a package, or using them for any other purposes aside from eating can break or crack the crown. A cracked crown allows bacteria to reach the natural tooth under the crown and results in decay and damage to the tooth. Your tooth can’t support a crown if it’s decayed.
Schedule twice-annual cleanings and exams at William Lessne, D.D.S. & Bilal Chaudhry D.D.S.s to keep all of your teeth and crowns in the best condition possible.
To find out if a dental crown can restore your teeth, call the practice, or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.