Dental crowns provide protection for teeth that are damaged, decayed, broken, or weakened, or after a root canal treatment. They also offer cosmetic benefits, including covering teeth that are misshapen, discolored, or chipped. Crowns can help
alleviate pain and discomfort while allowing you to regain confidence in your smile. With proper care, crowns can last up to 30 years.
At Marina Landing Dentistry, our team of dedicated experts, led by Asmita Dharia, DDS, is equipped to provide you with professional dental crowns and aftercare instructions that safeguard your oral health.
What is a dental crown?
Dental crowns or “caps” are customized to fit over your natural tooth. These covers can restore teeth that are discolored, broken, or cracked. Along with being able to change the shape or appearance of damaged teeth, crowns can protect from decay,
infection, or even improve the functionality of your bite.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Dharia takes X-rays of your teeth and explains the procedure before getting started. She sends the impressions of your teeth to a lab where they custom-make your crowns. A temporary crown safeguards your teeth
while you wait for your permanent crown.
When the crown is ready, Dr. Dharia uses a local anesthetic to numb the surrounding area. To make room for your crown, Dr. Dharia files your tooth down or builds it up, if necessary. She may adjust the crown a few times to ensure a proper
Once Dr. Dharia secures the crown, it’s permanently cemented in place. She checks to make sure the shape provides long-term stability by encasing your natural tooth and then scrapes away excess cement.
When you might need dental crowns
Dental crowns may be necessary in the following cases:
- Large cavities
- Missing teeth where a bridge is needed
- Restoration of a weakened tooth after a root canal
- Teeth that are decayed, infected, or cracked
- Teeth that are damaged, oddly shaped, or discolored.
- Covering or restoration of a dental implant
Dental crowns may not last forever, but they can last a long time, especially if you take precautions to guarantee the longevity of your crown.
How to care for a dental crown
There shouldn’t be discomfort or sensitivity following your dental crown procedure. If you notice pain or tenderness or have difficulty biting down, contact our office immediately, as your crown may require some adjustment.
Take care of your crown in much in the same way that you would take care of your natural teeth. Maintaining regular dental hygiene is essential, and you should seek professional dental cleanings every six months.
Here are a few of the precautions that you should take with a dental crown:
- Avoid hard or chewy foods that could potentially pull off your crown
- Wear a mouthguard if you tend to clench or grind your teeth at night
- Slide dental floss gently between your teeth and around the crown
The goal of a dental crown is to protect the tooth while reducing the chances of gum recession. The crown margin — the area where your crown meets your teeth — is at risk for decay. To minimize this risk, use good dental hygiene practices. If your
porcelain crown becomes chipped, we may be able to repair it in your mouth using a special bonding agent and a composite resin.
If you think you might need a dental crown or want to consider crowns as a cosmetic correction, call our office or book an appointment online.