One frequent treatment done in a general dentistry office is crowning teeth. A crown may be used to restore a cavity that is threatening the overall health and structure of your tooth, or as part of an orthodontic treatment, such as Invisalign or braces.
The most frequent material for crowns is porcelain, although metal alloys, porcelain, or both may be used. Porcelain crowns are most durable and robust of all restorative options since they contain no metals that degrade with time. They’re also highly stain-resistant and tooth-colored so as not to stand out visibly among all other teeth.
However, if you decide upon a crown as part of Invisalign or restorative therapy, there are certain things to consider.
The Basics of Crowns
A crown is basically what holds your replacement teeth in place. It completely encases the tooth underneath it, much like a shell. As part of the general dentistry process, they’re custom-made to fit over each of your natural teeth.
There are different types of crowns that can be used, and they vary in shape and size. One of the most common crowns is a full porcelain crown, which completely encases the tooth, as we mentioned earlier.
However, if you want a crown with a metal alloy to be placed on one of your natural teeth, that’s also an option since some metals are stronger than porcelain. There are also various kinds of partial crowns. As for the shape, they’re made in different sizes and styles, so they can fit over your tooth properly.
What’s Involved in Getting A Crown?
Getting a crown is relatively straightforward, but the process does vary depending on the chosen method of treatment. As part of getting a crown, it is necessary to have an impression taken of the tooth that needs it. This will be used to create your permanent crown.
The dentist will remove a thin layer of enamel from the top of your tooth to give room for a post that will be attached to the base of your new, permanent crown.
After that, you’ll have your permanent crown fitted right over your tooth. The fit should be precise so it’s not too loose or tight. Once the crown is attached, it’s highly durable and strong for enduring normal bite and chew functioning.
Since the crown fully encloses your tooth, any food or debris stuck in between the crown and the tooth can cause an infection. To avoid this, you need to floss and brush normally, as well as use dental picks or other tools to clean out any stuck bits.
You should also go for a regular dental cleaning at least twice a year. This helps keep your crown in good shape and reinforces the seal between your crown and tooth. With this proper care and maintenance, your crown will continue to be as strong and durable as your natural teeth.
For more information about getting a crown, contact us with any questions. We will be glad to help get you scheduled for an appointment with Dr. Samuel Cress, DDS.