Crowns Q & A
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a restoration that’s tailor-made to fit snugly over your tooth to restore the function and appearance of the tooth. Crowns are typically made of porcelain, but can also be crafted from gold, resin, metal, or stainless steel.
When are crowns necessary?
To restore the form and function of a tooth, Dr. Yoon uses a crown for:
- Fractured, chipped, or cracked teeth
- A tooth with a root canal
- An anchor for a dental bridge
- Cosmetic covering over a dark filling
How do you apply crowns?
Dr. Yoon preps and applies your crown in a two-step process. During your first appointment, he treats decay and sands your existing tooth a bit to make room for the new crown to fit precisely next to your other teeth. Dr. Yoon sends you home with a temporary crown.
Meanwhile, he sends an impression of your tooth to a lab, where your new crown is customized to match the look, feel, and color of the nearby teeth. When you return to Springfield Dental Solutions in a few weeks, Dr. Yoon gives you a local anesthetic and installs the new permanent crown.
How long do crowns last?
A crown is called permanent, but it may not last forever. Depending on whether it was made with gold, stainless steel, or porcelain, and on the wear and tear it receives on a daily basis, a typical crown lasts between five and 20 years.
Dr. Yoon offers education and support to help you extend the life of your crown. He recommends refraining from biting on hard, sticky candy and wearing a mouthguard to protect against nighttime teeth grinding.
Does a crown require special care?
No. You treat a crown just as you do a normal tooth. Take care to brush after each meal and floss regularly to prevent gum disease that can threaten your overall oral health.
When you need a dental crown, rely on the skill and knowledge you get at Springfield Dental Solutions. For more information about how a crown can improve your smile, call the office today or book your appointment online.