A crown, sometimes called a “cap” or “tooth cap,” is a covering that fully encases a tooth. At David Kirkpatrick DDS, the crown is placed on top of a prepared tooth that has been reduced in size so that the crown can fit over it. The crown restores the tooth to its standard size, shape, and color while strengthening it and protecting it from further damage and decay.
Dental crowns are commonly used to restore decayed teeth, broken teeth, cracked teeth, and chipped teeth, as well as to hold together and protect a tooth with a large filling. Crowns are made from various materials, including porcelain, gold alloy, stainless steel, acrylic resin, ceramic, or a combination of these materials. Porcelain is the most popular choice for both aesthetics and function.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Crowns?
Many patients can benefit from dental crowns. They can be used to protect a weak tooth from breaking, or they can be used to cover a tooth that has too much damage to support a filling but does not need complete replacement or restoration.
Dental crowns can also be the right choice for patients who want to improve the appearance of their smile. They can be used to mask discolored teeth, poorly shaped teeth, and more.
How Is a Dental Crown Placed?
A crown may be fabricated from one of several materials, including gold, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and all-ceramic. The tooth is prepared by removing decay and shaping the surface for the crown to fit properly. Then, an impression of the prepared tooth is made and sent to the dental lab to fabricate a custom-fit crown. In the meantime, the abutment is sculpted to receive the crown, and the custom-crafted crown is attached to the abutment with dental cement.
With proper care, a dental crown can last for a decade or longer before needing to be replaced. It is essential to brush twice a day and floss once a day to prevent tooth decay and gum disease that can lead to premature tooth loss. In addition, avoiding chewing on hard foods that could damage the crown or bridge may be helpful. During your regular checkups and cleanings, the dentist will monitor the health and fit of the restoration and may recommend repairs or replacements when needed.
Dental crowns can repair broken or weak teeth caused by decay, large fillings, and trauma. Get in touch with our team at David Kirkpatrick DDS by calling (513) 868-3600 or visiting us at 870 NW Washington Blvd Suite A, Hamilton, OH 45013, to learn more about dental crowns.