What Are Dental Crowns?
Our teeth can get damaged over time for various reasons, including tooth decay, injuries, infections, and more. They can also lose their size or shape. This is where dental crowns enter the picture. A dental crown is essentially a tooth-shaped cap or cover your dentist will put over your tooth to restore its missing or damaged part and ensure the tooth can function optimally.
A dental crown protects the tooth and improves its appearance and strength. It can be a traditional crown or a ¾ crown that does not cover the entire tooth but still has a solid structure. At Alder Dental, Dr. Brian Alder and Dr. Alder can protect your tooth by placing a traditional dental crown or a ¾ crown on top of it.
What Is a Dental Crown Made Of?
Here are some materials used to make dental crowns:
Reasons to Get a Dental Crown
Here are some reasons why you might need a dental crown:
Dental Crown Placement Procedure
At Alder Dental, we have a straightforward process for dental crown placement. Before we place the crown on your tooth, we conduct a thorough dental exam. This exam includes taking x-rays of the tooth and the bone around it. We might also have to perform a root canal treatment if we find tooth decay, tooth pulp injury, or a risk of infection.
Then, we will file down the tooth that will receive the crown across its top and sides. After reshaping your tooth, we will use putty to make the tooth’s impression. We will also take impressions of the teeth above and below the affected tooth to ensure the crown does not affect the bite. We send these impressions to the dental lab for the permanent crown while we fit a temporary crown onto your tooth.
Lastly, once we have the permanent crown, we will remove the temporary one and use a numbing drug before cementing the new crown. Your crown will last five to 15 years, depending on your care regimen and oral hygiene practices. Just make sure you don’t grind your teeth, bite your fingernails, chew ice, and use your teeth to open packaging.
Take Care of Your Crown
Brush your teeth twice daily, floss once daily, and avoid biting on hard surfaces to ensure your crown and the tooth underneath it remain in optimal condition. Visit us regularly for checkups, and don’t skip your biannual dental visits. If you want to get a dental crown for your tooth, call us at (360) 831-0831 today!