Crowns are little custom-made caps, placed on the top of a tooth. Our favorite material to use is BruxZir Zirconia. Crown restorations with this material exhibit enhanced strength, aesthetics and performance.
A crown is typically used to restore a tooth's function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal that weakens the structure of the tooth. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth.
Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or if an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns also serve an aesthetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.
A tooth must usually be reduced in size to accommodate a crown. An impression is made of the prepared tooth. The impression is sent to a state-of-the-art dental lab, which manufactures a custom-designed crown. In many cases, a temporary crown is applied until the permanent crown is ready. Permanent crowns are then cemented in place.
Crowns are sometimes confused with Veneers. The process is similar, but veneers require less of the original tooth structure to be removed and often only cover the front surface of the tooth.
Caring For Your Crowns
With proper care, a good quality crown could last up to a decade or even longer. It is very important to floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess plaque or collection of debris around the restoration. We also carry a product called MI Paste Plus that remineralizes enamel and prevents decay around the base of the crown.
Certain behaviors such as jaw clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding) significantly shorten the life of a crown (as well as your natural teeth!) but there are some solutions to protect both the crown and your teeth. Moreover, eating hard foods, ice or hard candy can compromise the adhesion of the crown, or even damage the crown. Sweets and acidic foods can promote decay around the crown, so make sure you brush and floss regularly.
If you interested in scheduling a crowns appointment with Capitol Square Dental,
call our Madison, WI dental office at (608) 256-1300!
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