What is a crown?
A crown is a cover or cap Dr Joe can place on your tooth at Gregorich Family Dental and Dental Implant Center in Duluth, MN. A crown restores the tooth to normal shape, size and function. The purpose of a crown is to make the tooth stronger and improve the way it looks.
Why do you need a crown?
You may need a crown if you
Have a cavity that is too large for a filling.
Have a missing tooth and need a bridge.
Have had a root canal treatment-the crown will protect the restored tooth.
Need to cover a dental implant.
Have a tooth that is cracked, worn down or otherwise weakened.
Want to cover a discolored or badly shaped tooth and improve your smile!
How is a crown placed?
Dr Joe does one day crowns with a cerec machine which allows him to make the crown “in office” the day of the preparation. Crowns can be placed in a timely matter in one visit with Dr. Joe.
Lab crowns take 2 visits. The first appointment is to prep crown and place temporary crown. The lab makes the crown and then the crown is cemented in about 2 weeks.
Several steps are involved in the making of the crown:
Dr Joe prepares the tooth by removing its outer portion so the crown will fit. Any decay is also removed. If additional tooth structure is needed to support the crown, Dr Joe may build up the core of the tooth.
An impression is made to provide an exact model of the crown and temporary is placed if it is a lab crown, This model is then sent to the lab to make the crown.
Cerec crowns are measured with computer imaging and sent to the porcelain cutting machine.
When the crown (lab or cerec) is ready, the dentist places it in your mouth and makes the necessary adjustments. When you and Dr Joe are satisfied with the looks and feels, the crown is cemented in place.
What is your crown made of:
Crowns are made of several types of materials. Metal alloys, ceramics, porcelain, composite resins or combinations of these materials maybe used. In the process of making a crown, the materials often are colored and blend in with your natural teeth.
Dr Joe wants to create a crown that looks natural and fits comfortably in your mouth. To decide on the materials for your crown, Dr Joe will consider the tooth location, the position of the gum tissue, the patients preference, the amount of tooth that shows when your smile, the color or shade of the tooth, and the function.
Caring for your crown and teeth:
To prevent damage to your crown, there a few things you can do:
Avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects, such as pencils. This is especially important for tooth-colored crowns. Teeth are not tools!
Be sure to see your dentist for regular exams and professional teeth cleanings.
Brush twice a day and floss once a day to remove plague, a sticky film of bacteria.
Information is from the ADA website: