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Traditional methods of crown procedures are described below and are still used in our office on a case by case basis.
What are crowns and why are they
A crown is a restoration that covers, or caps, a tooth
to restore it to its normal shape and size. Its purpose
is to strengthen or improve the appearance of a tooth.
Crowns are placed for a variety of reasons.
- Restore teeth when there isn't enough tooth remaining
to provide support for large fillings
- Attach bridges
- Protect weak teeth from fracturing
- Restore fractured teeth
- Cover badly shaped or discolored teeth
- Cover dental implants
Which material is best?
Both the "look" and function of a crown are
considered when choosing materials most suitable for
you. Your dentist will consider the tooth location,
the position of the gum tissue, the amount of tooth
that shows when you smile, the color or shade of the
tooth, and function of the tooth.
Crowns are made from a number of materials. Gold alloys
or nonprecious alloys, porcelain or ceramic, composite
resident, or combinations of these materials may be
used. Full metal crowns are stronger but not essentially
pleasing; porcelain crowns are not as strong as full metal
crowns. Crowns made entirely of porcelain may look
better, and they are stronger than they used to be,
but still are not as strong as other materials. In the
process of making a crown, material is colored to blend
in with your natural teeth. It is important to consult
with your dentist as to which crown materials are best
for your specific situation.
How is a crown placed?
The placement of a crown is a precision procedure.
Several steps are involved, and sometimes two dental
visits are necessary for completion. The dentist
will prepare the tooth by removing it's outer portion
to accommodate the thickness of the crown. If the tooth
has a filling, part of the material may be left in place
to serve as a foundation for the crown. An impression
is made to provide an exact model of the prepared tooth.
Your dentist or dental laboratory technician, following
the written instruction of the dentist, will then make
the crown from the model.
"Temporary" crowns are placed while the permanent
crown is made. If the shape or length of your teeth
are changed for cosmetic purposes, temporary crowns
will allow you to become accustomed to these changes.
Temporary crowns also can help you decide if you like
what you see or if there are any changes you would like
made before the finished crowns are placed.
When the finished crown is ready, the dentist puts it
in place and makes necessary adjustments. To see how
your crown will look, you can use a large mirror held
at all arms' length in various types of lighting. When
you and your dentist are satisfied with its appearance,
the crown will be cemented in place.
How do I take care of my crowns?
When you have crowns, it is especially important to
brush twice a day and clean between your teeth daily
with floss or other interdental cleaners. Brushing and
flossing remove a sticky film of bacteria called plaque.
Be sure to remove plaque from the area where the dome
meets the teeth (the sulcus). When plaque accumulates
in the sulcus, it can cause dental decay or gum disease.
To prevent damaging or fracturing the crowns, avoid
chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects. It also
is important to visit your dentist regularly.
What will the finished crown
Your dentist's main goal is to create crowns that look
like natural teeth and feel comparable. To achieve this,
a number of factors are considered. These include the
color, occlusion or "bite," shape in length
of both your natural teeth and your artificial crown.
Any one of these factors alone can significantly affect
Although your dentist may be able to accommodate your
request for a particular esthetic effect, your first
choice may not be possible due to technical limitations
or oral health concerns. If you have a certain look
in mind for your crown, discuss it with your dentist
at your initial visit. When the procedure is complete,
your teeth may not only be stronger, they may be the
most attractive feature of your face -- your crowning