A dental crown is a protective cap made of materials like metal, zirconia, porcelain, ceramic, or a combination of materials that is placed over a structurally compromised or vulnerable tooth. Dental crowns protect worn down, broken, or chipped teeth from further damage and restore their appearance and function.
Crowns are commonly placed over a tooth as a final step in a root canal procedure because the tooth has become much weaker and can be more easily damaged by wear and tear. Crowns serve many different restorative and cosmetic purposes.
Patients may opt for dental crowns over veneers, dental bonding, or teeth whitening to improve the appearance of a tooth. Interested in dental crowns? Contact us at Tampa Smile Co. today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mohammad Bawany.
You should never chew ice with a natural tooth or dental crown, as this can cause damage.
Dr. Mohammad Bawany will examine the damage, decay, or aesthetic problems with your teeth to determine if dental crowns are a good option for you. X-rays may be taken to look for active tooth decay or gum disease and to look at the condition of the tooth’s root.
To prepare your tooth for a dental crown, our dentists in South Tampa will need to remove a small amount of enamel from your tooth. This ensures that the dental crowns will not stick out or run into your other teeth.
We will take impressions of your teeth and send them to the dental lab that will create your crown. These impressions will guide the size, shape, and shade of the dental crown. While you wait to receive your official crown, we will place a temporary crown over your tooth.
Within a few weeks, your dental crown should be ready and you will return to the dental office for a fitting. If no adjustments need to be made, we will cement the crown onto your tooth.
With CEREC technology, dental crowns can be created and fitted all in one appointment.
The longevity of a dental crown depends on many factors, including:
- The materials it’s made from
- The location of the crown
- Wear and tear
- Oral hygiene
- If the patient grinds their teeth
- How much natural tooth structure is remaining
On average, dental crowns last for 10-15 years. However, some materials are more durable than others. While porcelain and ceramic make for great aesthetic materials, they aren’t ideal for placement in the rear molars or teeth that are missing significant structure because they are prone to chipping.
Crowns made out of metal materials or zirconia will last the longest and are ideal for teeth that undergo a lot of chewing forces. You should practice good oral hygiene by regularly brushing and flossing your teeth.
It’s also important to reduce wear and tear by wearing a mouthguard if you grind your teeth. Do not chew on hard foods like hard candy and never use your teeth to open packages.
The placement of a dental crown is completely painless because we numb your mouth with a local anesthetic. Even if we have to drill out decay or perform a root canal before placing the dental crown, you will not feel discomfort during the procedure.
Once the numbing agent wears off, it’s not unusual to experience mild discomfort, tenderness, or soreness in the tooth or gums. Take anti-inflammatory pain medication and apply a cold compress if you have swelling in the gums. The discomfort should be mild and will subside within a few days.
Dental crowns are commonly used in tooth restorations such as dental bridges and dental implants to replace a tooth.