If your dentist suggests dental crowns, it can seem a little overwhelming. There are a lot of reasons that your dentist might recommend them and there are just as many ways that they can help restore your smile after procedures like a root canal or implant procedure. If you have questions about dental crowns and what to expect, your dentist can help. In the meantime, here’s what to know about them and how they can help restore your smile.
What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are a restorative technology that can protect your teeth and complete the appearance of your smile. As the name suggests, dental crowns are fabricated prosthetic devices that are fixed to the tooth and sit along the gumline so they are completely undetectable versus your natural teeth. Once in place, they look and function just like normal teeth.
Why Do I Need Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns can be a great option for your smile in a variety of different situations. They can be used to supplement other restorative treatments like bridges or implants, or to help cover root canals or large fillings. In any case, they can both help prevent further decay or damage as well as restore your smile. Additionally, they can help prevent shifting of your other teeth so you don’t experience further complications from lost or damaged teeth.
How Does the Dental Crown Process Work?
The dental crown process begins with a thorough exam and analysis by your dentist. You may have x-rays taken so that your dentist can determine if there’s any other concerns that need to be addressed with your dental health first. Then, the affected tooth is made ready for the dental crown process and gently reduced in size so that a crown can fit over it. This is performed with a local anesthetic so that you’re comfortable. A scan is taken of your tooth to be sent to a lab for fabrication and you’ll discuss which material will be best for your lifestyle and cosmetic goals. The most common options are porcelain, ceramic, and some metal options. Finally, a temporary crown will be placed while you wait for your crown to be fabricated.
Once your crown is ready, you’ll return to your dentist for placement. The crown is checked for its fit and then cemented in place. Once complete, you can return home with some care instructions.
How Long Do Crowns Last?
With the right care steps, your crown can last for between five and ten years. It’s important to take care of your crown as you would any other tooth, so brushing twice daily and flossing regularly is extremely important. Additionally, you should cut back on sugary foods and drinks and make sure you’re drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Finally, make sure to see your dentist regularly for cleanings and to make sure your crown is working as it should.
Schedule an Appointment
Dental crowns are an excellent way to restore your smile for the long term. To meet with our team of restorative dentistry experts at Locust Valley Dentists, we invite you to call our Manhattan office at (516) 759-2288 or visit our website.