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William P., Mont Vernon
What is a crown?
Unlike a filling that replaces just a portion of tooth structure, a crown (or cap) is a full-cover restoration that covers the entire tooth surface. Crowns are commonly used to safely protect and restore the original shape and size to a damaged tooth and can be used cosmetically to improve the appearance of a misshapen or discolored tooth
What kinds of materials are used for a crown?
Crowns can be made from several different materials: gold, porcelain, porcelain-on-gold, and several newer man-made materials are common ones. Your dentist will recommend material options for you based on where the crown will be in your mouth, your bite and the aesthetics you're looking for. Crowns are highly durable and will last for many years, but as with most dental restorations they will eventually require repair or replacement.
Why would I need a crown?
Crowns are often recommended when a filling will not adequately repair a tooth, usually when there is not enough remaining natural tooth structure to safely hold a filling. Here are some other common reasons:
- To repair and protect a broken or cracked tooth
- After root canal treatment to protect the tooth from fracture
- To replace old large fillings that leave the tooth at risk for breaking
- For cosmetic enhancement
What is involved in creating a crown?
A crown procedure usually takes two appointments. During the first appointment your dentist will numb your tooth and make sure you're comfortable. The tooth will be carefully shaped, removing all decay and any broken filling material or damaged areas. You'll have a detailed impression (mold) taken that will be used to create your custom crown. An impression will also be used to create a temporary crown that will protect your tooth while your new crown is artistically created by our dental laboratory (this takes about two weeks).
During your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the underlying tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and your new crown will be carefully secured in place for a beautiful, precise and comfortable fit.
How do I care for my new crown?
After your crown is placed you'll be given instructions for the care of your new dental restoration. Just like your natural teeth, good oral hygiene, healthy eating habits and regular dental visits will help maintain the life of your new crown. Crowns are highly durable and will last for many years, but as with most dental restorations they will eventually require repair or replacement.
How can I find out more about crowns?
At New Hampshire Center for Comprehensive Dentistry we use the latest technology and finest materials to create crowns that offer superior fit, function and aesthetics. If you have questions about full-coverage crown restorations, or would like to schedule an examination to determine if a crown restoration is right for you, please contact us.