A dental crown is basically a tooth-shaped cap that’s placed over an existing tooth for restored appearance, shape, size, or strength. Once in place, it fully covers the tooth beneath it. While some crowns are temporary, others are permanent. You may have a temporary crown, which is made more quickly and on-site until a permanent one can be completed.
Dental crowns serve a variety of specific purposes, including:
Children can benefit from dental crowns. In these cases, the crown serves one of the following purposes:
Dental crowns consist of a variety of materials, including:
Your dentist determines the ideal crown option for you, based on your specific needs.
A dental crown usually takes two dental visits. At your first appointment, your dentist prepares the tooth the crown will cover. X-rays may be taken, and your dentist reshapes the tooth so the crown will fit properly over it. At this time, you’ll likely get a temporary crown. At the next visit, your dentist replaces the temporary crown with the permanent one, securing it with a special cement.
Dental crowns typically last 5-15 years, depending on how well you care for your teeth through oral hygiene habits, and how much wear and tear the crown is exposed to. Frequently biting your fingernails, grinding your teeth, or using your teeth to open packages can increase this wearing down. Chewing hard foods such as popcorn and ice may harm a crown, too. Minimizing these practices and scheduling regular cleanings can help crowns last longer.
At Carrollton Family Dental, we have partnered with three medical financial groups, each of which can help with certain payment amounts and credit situations.
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