Dr. Johnson designs custom dental crowns to restore impaired teeth at Heartfelt Family Dental Excellence. A crown, or cap, is a covering that fits over an unattractive, decayed, or damaged tooth. Crowns strengthen damaged teeth, restoring health and function. When crafted from today's lifelike porcelains (dental ceramics), crowns look natural and can even improve a tooth's original appearance.
When Is A Crown Appropriate?
A crown completely covers a tooth above the gum line. Consequently, if a tooth is missing a significant amount of structure above the gum line, a crown would be recommended.
Crowns address a multitude of oral health issues, including:
- Teeth that are disproportionally small or misshapen
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Teeth in need of additional reinforcement and strength
- Teeth that are severely decayed
- Teeth with large, failed fillings
- Teeth that are worn due to bruxism (teeth grinding)
- Teeth that are internally discolored
- Teeth have undergone root canal therapy
Crown Benefits and Substance
Dental crowns have multiple benefits, the most important one is restoration of function by increasing tooth strength and durability to return your tooth to the best state of health. They can restore color to a tooth that does not respond to professional teeth whitening. Misshapen or small teeth are renewed to a fuller, more aesthetically pleasing structure.
Dental crowns vary in substance. Crowns are available in porcelain/ceramic (most common), porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM), which have a metal interior and porcelain exterior, or zirconia – a high quality ceramic. Dr. Johnson and our staff can assist you in choosing the best material for your needs and lifestyle.
What Should I Expect?
Crowning a tooth takes two to three dental visits. At the first visit, your tooth will be prepared to receive the new crown. Impressions of your teeth will be taken with dental putty, then sent to the dental laboratory. A ceramist will use the impressions to make models of your teeth, for the creation of your permanent crown.
Before you leave the office, a temporary crown will be placed over your tooth to protect it until the custom crown is received for placement. At the second visit, your permanent crown will be attached to your tooth with either a permanent cement, or a resin that hardens when exposed to a special light source.
Caring for Your New Dental Restoration
Crowns require the same consistent care as your natural teeth. Continue to brush and floss between all of your teeth every day to reduce the buildup of plaque. When you have crowns, it is even more important to maintain your regular schedule of cleanings at our office. Avoid using your teeth as tools, and if you have a grinding (bruxism) habit, Dr. Johnson will create custom nightguard to protect your teeth and your new crown(s).
Make Your Consultation Appointment Today!
Call Heartfelt Dental Excellence today and set up your consultation. Our friendly staff is available to answer all questions. Don’t wait, let’s start planning your next steps to a healthier smile.