If you have a tooth with a sizable cavity, you will want to address that situation before adjacent teeth can be affected. Dental crowns, a restorative procedure, are a popular choice when it comes to covering teeth damaged by deep cavities. There are many cases where the cavity grows beyond the stage of using inlays or onlays. At this point, you may want to consider capping your tooth with a crown. We have many options other than fillings that can help you cover your tooth. When you need to have a tooth crowned, we will present the best options to help you deal with your circumstances. We may use metallic, porcelain, resin, or ceramic dental caps to cover the tooth, depending on your preferences. There are no special care instructions to follow after the procedure, so you can simply continue with your normal day-to-day oral routine. At Atlantic Dentistry, our professionals are always ready to welcome you, and assist you in determining the best plan of action for your dental health.
How Dental Crowns Work
Once we establish the need for a crown, you will need to schedule two appointments. During the first appointment, our dentist will diagnose your tooth, and prepare it for crowning by shaping it. We will also provide a temporary crown for you to wear while we construct your permanent one. This initial visit will not last longer than an hour, so you do not have to worry about spending the entire day out of work. By your second appointment, we will have created your permanent crown, so the process will simply involve the removal of the temporary crown and replacing it with the permanent one. The permanent crown will function and feel just the same as your original tooth.
How Long Will Dental Crowns Last?
The type of crown placed on your tooth can determine how long it lasts. The different materials used to make the crown can impact its durability, and that information will be covered in your initial visit. Longevity of a crown can also depend on its location in your mouth. Molars, for example, are primarily for crushing what you eat, so your choice of foods will certainly affect how much they are used each day. Your personal oral care regime will also make a difference in the life of your crowns. Of course, regular dental exams are very important for the health of all of your teeth. Once we remove the temporary and replace it with the permanent one, you should have the crown on for a period of not less than ten years. In some instances, the crown can last for as long as thirty years.
Besides the fact that dental crowns are strong and durable, they are also appealing. If you have a tooth that has become discolored, broken, or chipped, you can also opt for a crown that will give you a new look.
For more information, please contact our team at Atlantic Dentistry. We can discuss your options and determine if you require a crown or other dental services.