What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-colored cap that’s placed over and cemented onto a tooth. Dental crowns are made from either porcelain or ceramic and, once in place, are treated like regular teeth. Dental crowns are used among both children and adults for a variety of purposes. Some of the most common include:
- Covering broken or disfigured teeth
- Strengthening weak teeth
- Supporting large fillings or root canals
- Covering dental implants or with dental bridges
- Making cosmetic improvements
How are dental crowns placed?
When you’re having a dental crown placed, you need two appointment to complete the procedure. During the first appointment, Dr. Koeppen takes X-rays, examines your mouth and teeth, and discusses any issues you may be having. At that point, he determines if a root canal is necessary.
Then he prepares the tooth. He starts by numbing the area with local anesthesia, then, once you’re comfortable and numb, he grinds away a small portion of tooth to ensure that there’s room to secure and place the crown. If the tooth is highly decayed, he may have to build onto the tooth to have something strong enough to secure the crown to.
Dr. Koeppen then takes an impression of your tooth. This allows him to craft a crown that matches your established teeth in color and structure, making your crown blend right in with the rest of your smile. It takes two to three weeks to make your permanent crown, so Dr. Koeppen may place a temporary crown over your tooth in the meantime.
Once your permanent crown arrives, Dr. Koeppen again uses local anesthesia before removing the temporary crown. He then fits and makes any adjustments necessary to your new crown. Once he’s satisfied with its fit, it’s cemented into place.
How long do dental crowns last?
With proper care and dental hygiene, your dental crowns can last 15 years or more. Crowns need to be brushed at least twice a day and flossed daily just like regular teeth. Once a day, rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash. Professional teeth cleaning should be scheduled every six months to remove plaque and tartar and to ensure that the crown is still in place and hasn’t been damaged.
If you’re in need of a dental crown, schedule an initial consult with Dr. Koeppen today and get your smile back.