Dental crowns are like a cap that fits snugly around the natural tooth. Crowns are made to mimic the look, function, and feel of natural teeth. Your dentist can customize them to fit the exact shade of the rest of your smile. If you were to examine the smile of someone with crowns, you’d never be able to tell the difference between the teeth with crowns and those without them. If you are considering dental crowns as a smile solution, you may have some questions before proceeding.
Why do I need a crown?
There are a number of reasons why your dentist might have recommended a crown. If you need a root canal, the tooth will likely need to be capped afterward. You’ll also need a crown if you’re going to get a dental bridge or if you have a tooth that is severely damaged or weakened from decay or physical trauma. For example, you might have cracked or completely broken a tooth during a sports activity.
Dental crowns are also used for cosmetic dentistry purposes, such as to cover up a tooth that is severely misshapen or discolored and won’t respond well to teeth whitening. In addition, crowns are used in dental implant procedures. They are the tooth-like prosthesis that caps the implant.
What’s the procedure like to get a crown?
At most dental clinics, it requires two appointments. During the first appointment, you’ll have the exam. The dentist will prepare the tooth for the crown by filing it down or filling it in if it’s severely damaged. Then, an impression of the tooth will be taken. Normally, that impression must be sent to an off-site lab to get the crown custom-made. This can take about two weeks. Then, you’ll return to the office to have the crown put in place.
However, some dentists have invested in CEREC technology. This allows your crown to be custom-milled onsite and then immediately applied—with no need for a second appointment!
How long will my crown last?
It varies from patient to patient. It can last as little as five years or as many as several decades or longer! In some cases, the crown can outlast the tooth underneath it. The tooth may develop a cavity, for instance. You can help your crown and your natural teeth last as long as possible by taking good care of your oral health. Visit your dentist every six months, brush at least twice daily, and floss at least once daily.
Dental crowns in Huntington, Long Island
If you still have questions about dental crowns, or if you’ve decided to get one, you can schedule a one-on-one consult with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. We’re proud to offer CEREC technology, which enables you to get your crown in just one appointment! When you make your appointment, be sure to ask us about other cosmetic dentistry treatments, including teeth whitening, Invisalign, and porcelain veneers.
Call our South Huntington dental office today! We work with most major insurance carriers and also participate in flexible payment options.
Additional resources on dental crowns:
- Colgate, Crowns, https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/bridges-and-crowns/crowns
- Cleveland Clinic, Dental Crowns, https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/10923-dental-crowns