Crowns are restorations that cover the top portion of a tooth. They are used on teeth that need extra support. A crown is often used to strengthen and protect a tooth that has a large filling or has been injured.
At Lake Mountain Dental, crowns can be made from metal, porcelain fused to metal, or all-ceramic. All-ceramic crowns look the most natural. When placing a crown, the tooth is shaped slightly so that the crown can fit over it.
Why Do I Need a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are restorations for teeth that have been damaged. The crowns are custom-crafted to fit over the damaged teeth. They cover and protect the remaining tooth structure. They also restore the appearance of the tooth.
Crowns are used to repair teeth that are broken, worn, or decayed. You may require a dental crown for a variety of reasons, including:
Severely decayed tooth
Root canal treatment
What Materials Are Used for Dental Crowns?
A crown can be made from several materials, including metal alloys, ceramics, porcelain, resin, or porcelain fused to metal. Metal alloys are the most robust materials available, making them the best option for restoring a tooth that has been severely damaged. They can also be a good choice for back teeth since they can withstand the forces of biting and chewing.
How Long Does a Dental Crown Procedure Take?
A dental crown procedure generally takes two appointments. At the first visit, your dentist will prepare the tooth to receive a crown. To do so, your dentist will shape the tooth by removing a portion of the enamel. Then, your dentist will take impressions of the tooth, which will be sent to the dental lab to create your crown. A temporary crown will be put on your tooth to protect it while the permanent crown is made.
How Do I Care For My Dental Crown?
Caring for your crown is essential. Dental crowns can last a long time if they are appropriately cared for. They can last five to 15 years or more. Crowns are essential 'caps' that go over your tooth. They play a significant role in protecting your tooth, but they are not indestructible. You should avoid chewing hard foods, ice, or other complex objects. You should avoid biting your fingernails, chewing on pens, or other habits that could cause your crown to become damaged.
Get in touch with Lake Mountain Dental at 4342 E Pony Express Pkwy Eagle Mountain, UT, 84005, or call 801-830-4486 to learn more about the benefits of dental crowns.