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What are crowns and why are they used? How do I take care of my crowns?
Which material is best? What will the finished crown look like?
How is a crown placed?

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 used?
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.

Crowns can:

  • 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 look like?

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 your appearance.

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 glory.



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Raleigh, NC 27607
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