A crown, also known as a cap, is an artificial restoration that covers a tooth above the gum line to restore its shape, size, and strength and improve its appearance. At Kirby Dentistry, we recommend and use this restoration when a large cavity threatens the health of a tooth, to reinforce a tooth after root canal therapy, or for cosmetic purposes to improve the smile line.
The crown fits over the tooth and restores it to its original shape while strengthening it. Since it covers the entire surface of the affected tooth, it can repair the front and the back sides that a filling can’t usually restore. In addition, a crown aids in protecting the tooth from further damage, such as breakage.
The Procedure for Dental Crowns
Getting a dental crown involves two appointments at your dentist’s office. During the first appointment, the tooth is prepared and shaped so that the crown will fit over it. To do this, our dentist will take impressions of your teeth and send them to a lab where your new crown will be made. You will be equipped with a temporary crown until your permanent one is ready. During your second appointment, our dentist will remove the temporary crown and fit the permanent one to the tooth.
Be sure to care for your tooth correctly and keep it clean after the procedure to avoid infections or problems with the crown. Brush twice a day and floss at least once daily as well. Our dentist may prescribe an antibacterial mouth rinse to help keep the area clean and free of bacteria.
Avoid eating hard foods with your new crown to prevent damaging it. Consider eating soft foods that don’t require a lot of chewing, like cooked vegetables or applesauce. Stay away from candy or other sweet treats as well. Hard candies especially can damage crowns.
If a tooth is cracked or chipped, avoid chewing on that side of your mouth until the crack or chip has been repaired by a dentist to prevent breakage of the crown.
The Advantages of Dental Crowns
There are several advantages in having your tooth restored with a dental crown. Dental crowns . . .
- Strengthen a weak or broken tooth
- Holds together a cracked, broken, chipped, or otherwise damaged tooth
- Improve the appearance of an otherwise healthy but unsightly tooth
- Restore a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy to make it function properly again
- Cover up teeth that are discolored or misshapen and otherwise aesthetically unappealing
- Protect a tooth that has had a cavity filled from further decay
- Replace a large filling that may be causing pain or discomfort when biting down
- Function as the visible component of a dental implant restoration, becoming a securely and permanently fixed prosthetic in the mouth
- Function as the main attachment support of a dental bridge
The crown completely encases the tooth on all sides, and it helps to prevent further decay by acting as a barrier against plaque and bacteria. For additional information, contact Kirby Dentistry at 45 W Crossville Rd Suite 505, Roswell 30075, or call (770) 993-7424.