A dental crown, also referred to as a cap, is a restorative dental procedure that can restore a damaged tooth to its original appearance and function. It’s basically a semi-permanent artificial tooth, often colored to match the surrounding teeth. Dental crowns can be made from metal alloys, ceramics, and other materials to mimic a healthy tooth.
Uses of Dental Crowns
Crowns or caps can accomplish the following:
- Protect a weakened tooth from breaking or cracking
- Restore a broken tooth
- Cover an implant or a discolored, misshapen tooth
- Replace a large filling with what looks like a natural, healthy tooth
It usually takes two visits to the dentist for a full crown procedure. During your first visit, your dentist will prepare the tooth that will receive the cap. Tooth decay in the outer portion of the affected tooth is removed to prepare it for a cap. An impression of your teeth will be made so that a customized crown that will match your teeth can be made. It takes a week or two for the crown to be constructed, so you will normally be fitted with a temporary crown during this first visit. The temporary crown may be hot and cold sensitive, and you’ll want to avoid sticky foods or chewing gum to keep it in place!
When your new crown is ready, your dentist will place it in your mouth on a second visit and adjust the crown until it fits perfectly. Once you and your dentist are convinced that the crown is in the right place, it will be cemented to stay there.
Oral Health with Crowns
To keep your new crown healthy, treat it just like a regular tooth. Maintain a regular schedule of brushing and flossing at least twice a day. In addition, you’ll want to avoid chewing hard foods such as candy or ice cubes. A crown can last a lifetime, but you will still want to maintain a regular schedule of checkups at Loveland Dental Group. If you want to know if you’re a good candidate for dental crowns and want to find out more, call us at (704) 655-0630 or use our contact us form today to schedule an appointment!