Your teeth can get damaged over time. Dental crowns are tooth-shaped “caps” (made of metal, porcelain, resin or a combination of the same) that can be placed over your tooth. The crown restores the tooth’s shape, size, strength and appearance.
The dental crown is bonded into place on your tooth and it covers the visible portion of the tooth.
You may need a dental crown for several reasons, including:
Dr. Saini will typically have you schedule two appointments for placing a dental crown.
During the first visit, the damaged tooth is examined and prepared and X-rays are taken of the tooth and the bone around it.
The tooth that’s receiving the crown will be filed down across the top and sides. This will make space for the crown itself. After reshaping the tooth, a paste or putty is used to make an impression of the tooth that’s going to receive the crown. Impressions of the teeth above and below the tooth that’s getting the dental crown will also be made. This is done to make sure that the crown will not affect your bite. Often a temporary crown is then placed to cover and protect the prepared tooth.
The impressions are then sent to a dental laboratory. The lab makes the crowns and usually returns them to Mapleridge Children & Adult Dentistry in two to three weeks.
At the second visit, Dr. Saini bonds the crown in place and checks the bite.
On average, dental crowns last between five and fifteen years. The life span of a crown depends on the amount of “wear and tear” the crown is exposed to, how well you follow oral hygiene practices and personal mouth-related habits (grinding or clenching your teeth, chewing ice, biting hard surfaces etc.)
Mapleridge Children & Adult Dentistry prides itself in making quality dental care affordable for all our patients. We will work with you identify the best crown option for your’ budget and esthetic needs. Give us a call at (315) 453-2084 to get started today.
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