When are crowns needed?
Typically, crowns are required if you have decay that is too large for a standard filling. Other times you may need a crown are when you:
- Have a missing tooth and need a bridge
- Need to cover a dental implant
- Have a cracked, worn down or weak tooth
- Need to protect a root canal
- Want to improve your smile by covering a discolored or badly shaped tooth.
What is in a crown?
Crowns are generally made from one type of material, like ceramic, porcelain or composite resin, but some can have a combination of materials. Dr. Marra and his team will evaluate which kind of crown is best for you, based on your preference, where the decay is, and what the function of the tooth is – the more you chew, the sturdier it will need to be. If your smile is important to you, no worries. Crowns can be colored to match your teeth in most cases.
What is the process to get a crown?
You’ll need two visits to get a crown. Here is how it works:
- The dentist prepares the decayed tooth by removing the outer portion to make room for the cap. After the decay is removed, the tooth may need to be built up in the core, to provide overall strength to the tooth.
- An impression of your tooth is made and then sent off to a dental lab to be manufactured. While you’re waiting for the permanent crown, Dr. Marra will place a temporary crown on the tooth. You may have to wear this up to 2 weeks. If you can avoid hot foods and chewing gum during this time, the temporary crown will hold up better.
- When the new crown comes in, you’ll meet with Dr. Marra and he’ll make made adjustments to ensure the permanent crown fits properly.
How can I help make the crown last?
If you enjoy hard candy, eating ice or chewing pencils, you may have issues with your crowns. Make sure you avoid these kinds of activities and your crown will last much longer.
If you have any other questions, just ask Dr. Anthony Marra and his team at Huntersville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, they’ll be happy to answer all your questions.