Dental Crowns

Your teeth are strong and hard, but that doesn’t mean they’re invincible. There are numerous factors that cause enamel damage such as facial trauma, severe cavities, bruxism (teeth grinding), or accidentally biting down on hard food. If your tooth incurs a crack or a chip, the overall structure and integrity of that tooth will be compromised. To stop the condition from getting worse, your dentist will likely recommend the placement of dental crowns. 

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Dental Crowns

What Are Dental Crowns? 

A dental crown is an artificial cap that is shaped to mimic a tooth. It is placed over the damaged tooth to conceal irregularities and discoloration. Generally, dental crowns are designed to improve the appearance, shape, strength, and size of your teeth. Once a dental crown is placed over our tooth, it will completely cover the visible portion that sits above the gumline. 

How Are Dental Crowns Placed?

How many visits are needed to place a traditional dental crown? Usually, it takes two visits to your dentist’s office. The process of placing a dental crown over your tooth is highlighted below:

  • First, your dentist will examine your tooth and prepare it. A mold of your tooth and an X-ray are obtained. 
  • The tooth will be trimmed down as well as the surrounding teeth. 
  • A temporary crown will be placed over the tooth for protection. 
  • The impression will be sent to the lab. You’ll be asked to wait for several weeks before you get your permanent crown. 
  • Once your permanent crown is completed, you’ll need to return to the clinic so your dentist can cement the dental crown over your tooth. 

Why Do You Need Dental Crowns? 

There are various uses of dental crowns. They may be used to:

  • Protect a weak tooth because of severe decay
  • Restore a worn down or broken tooth
  • Cover a severely discolored tooth
  • Keep a dental bridge in place
  • Cover an implant
  • Enhance the overall look of your tooth.

Dental crowns may also be used by children to protect teeth that are at risk of decay or to save a child’s tooth that has been damaged. 

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

The typical lifespan of a dental crown is around five to fifteen years, but this will depend on how well you care for them. Patients who are diligent in caring for their dental crowns say their crowns lasted longer than 15 years. Longevity will also depend on the material used. According to research, the crowns that last the longest are those made from gold or porcelain. 

Do You Need Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns offer cosmetic and functional benefits. If you want to restore your smile, we can help. At Lifeway Dental, we are devoted to providing you with comprehensive and superior quality dental care. Our years of experience in the industry have given us the confidence and expertise to handle any dental case. If you have questions about our services, contact us today to learn more!