A crown, sometimes referred to as a “cap,” is a complete covering for a tooth that is used to restore functionality to a tooth that has suffered damage.
Crowns are one of many options available for restoring teeth and may be an option when bonding or other more conservative treatments are not an option. This includes cases where a tooth has extensive tooth decay, a crack that threatens the structural integrity of the tooth, or after root canal therapy has been performed.
Crowns cover the entirety of the exposed portion of the tooth. They are made from porcelain and fashioned to look just like the top of a natural tooth.
Traditional porcelain crowns may take more than one visit to complete. Dr. Sprang or Dr. Stoycheff will first prepare the tooth in question to be able to receive a crown. After this, an impression of the tooth will be made, allowing the creation of a crown that will be a perfect match for your tooth.
This impression will be sent to a dental lab where the crown will be created in a shade that will match well with your other teeth. While waiting for the crown to be created, you will be fitted with a temporary restoration to protect your tooth until your next visit, at which point your final crown will be bonded into place.
The lifespan of your crown can depend on how well you take care of it. Remember: the crown is still protecting a living tooth that needs the same care as the rest of your teeth. Be sure to continue to brush twice a day and floss in order to eliminate plaque from the area where the crown meets your gums and prevent gum disease.
It’s best to avoid biting into hard food or other objects which might damage your crown (such as fingernails). Let Dr. Sprang or Dr. Stoycheff know if you have a habit of grinding your teeth, as this should be addressed to help protect, not only your crown, but all of your teeth from damage.