Ceramic crowns perfectly match the translucency of natural teeth.
A crown or cap is a type of dental restoration which completely covers or encircles a tooth or dental implant. Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth or on root canal treated teeth.
Stage 1: The First Treatment Appointment
Tooth preparation: Placing a dental crown begins with the removal of decayed areas of the tooth, as well as some healthy portions of its structure to accommodate the dental crown. An impression is made using putty. This impression will guide technicians at a dental lab in creating the crown. A temporary crown made of either stainless steel or acrylic is placed to protect the tooth, giving the patient the most natural look and feel possible until the permanent crown is ready to be placed.
Stage 2: Between Appointments
Patients should be aware that they will need to take special care of the temporary crown to ensure that it stays in place and protects the tooth. Avoid eating sticky and chewy foods such as gum, taffy, and caramel. These foods could cause the temporary crown to shift out of place or fall off completely.
Avoid eating hard, crunchy, or difficult to chew foods such as hard candy, raw vegetables, or beef jerky. These foods could cause the crown to move out of place or break. Try to remember to chew foods with the teeth on the other side of your mouth. When flossing your teeth, floss downward, then slide the floss out the side of the tooth. Pulling the floss in an upward motion could pull the crown off of the tooth. In the majority of cases, patients only have to wear their temporary dental crowns for a few days to up to about one week.
The Second Treatment Appointment
In the second appointment, the temporary crown is removed and the new dental crown is securely bonded in place by a strong adhesive. The dentist will then buff and polish the crown until the patient’s bite is correct. Dental crowns are not intended to last forever, but if you are willing to dedicate time every day to cleaning your teeth, the crown should last about 10 years or more. Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, and visit the dentist twice a year.