Dental crowns are porcelain or porcelain metal combinations that is fabricated to cover a broken or damaged or previously-treated root canal tooth. Crowns can add extra strength to the tooth, and they’re also used to enhance appearance in some cases. Crowns can also support for dental bridges or dental implants.
There are several options in dental crown materials. The most popular options include porcelain and porcelain/metal base combinations. Porcelain can be chosen to match the color of your natural teeth.
Other options for dental crowns include gold, gold alloys, and composite resin. Dr. Zack can help you choose a dental implant material based on your desired appearance, your budget, and other personal factors.
First, Dr. Zack prepares the tooth while you’re under local anesthesia. Doing so involves removing a small quantity of tooth enamel to allow space for the dental crown. If a tooth is extremely damaged, Dr. Zack may need to build up the tooth surface to prepare for the crown.
Dr. Zack then creates a mold of the tooth, and a dental lab fabricates your custom crown based on these impressions. Finally, Dr. Zack places the crown atop your natural tooth using dental cement, making sure that it fits perfectly and securely.
It depends on the individual and the situation, but most patients have their dental crowns for 15-20 years if they practice good oral hygiene. If you have optimal dental care at home and have regular check-ups with Dr. Zack, your crowns may last even longer.
Dental crowns are very easy to care for, as they’re considered a permanent part of your mouth. Brush and floss every day as usual, but be sure to use a soft bristle brush to avoid scratching the porcelain surface of the crown. While flossing, use extra caution when in the area with the crown, and avoid pulling roughly or yanking on the dental floss.
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