What is a Dental Crown?
Get that confident smile with dental crowns here at Bluegrass Dental. Crowns are a multi-functional restorative option that can improve the appearance of your teeth and protect them from damage simultaneously.
These tight-fitting dental caps, as they’re sometimes known, can give your teeth a uniform appearance while preventing cracks and other damage from worsening. In short, if you’re looking for a way to make your smile brighter, stronger, or both, dental crowns might be the answer!
Dental Crown FAQs
The team at Bluegrass Dental is here to restore your tooth and bring back the beauty of your smile. If you are curious about correcting your smile with porcelain crowns, call us today for a consultation.
What's the Procedure for Dental Crowns?
Has a dental crown restoration been recommended to you and you're wondering what all is involved with this procedure? Read on to see what a typical crown procedure is like.
• Examination and consultation. Before a restorative treatment can be recommended, we must first diagnose your dental issue. The first diagnostic step usually involves taking an X-ray or CT scan of the tooth. We will then make recommendations which may include a dental crown restoration. If you are having a crown placed following root canal therapy, this step will need to be performed before the crown is placed.
• Shaving the tooth. Since a dental crown is several millimeters thick, this same thickness will need to be removed from your tooth enamel. This prevents the restoration from being overly large. For your comfort, a local anesthetic will be applied prior to this step.
• Taking impressions. Now that the tooth has been prepared for its crown restoration, we take impressions of the tooth. These impressions will be used to craft both your temporary and permanent crowns.
• Placing the temporary crown. While a master ceramist is crafting your permanent crown at a dental laboratory, you will wear a temporary crown made of composite resin.
• Tinting your crown. If you are having a porcelain or zirconia crown placed, a ceramic artist will tint your restoration to match the shade of your natural teeth.
• Placing the permanent crown. During this final step, your temporary crown is removed, the tooth is cleaned, and we perform a try-on to ensure the crown fits and looks perfect. If everything is to your liking, we will etch the tooth, apply a bonding cement, and finally place the crown.
Before you leave, the dentist will provide aftercare instructions. Please read and follow these carefully. If you have a question about your crown restoration, please feel free to contact us at any time.
How Long Will My Dental Crown Last?
Your dental crown will likely last anywhere from 15 to 30 years, all depending on the materials chosen, your personal habits, and how well you care for your restoration. Attending regular checkups with your dentist is an important part of your treatment as it allows us to monitor any changes with your restoration.
How Should I Care for My Tooth Crown?
Dental crowns are very strong and durable. But, they do still require some care and maintenance to ensure they last as long as possible. Here are some tips you should follow to get the most out of your tooth crown.
Avoid chewing hard objects. If you habitually bite your nails or chew ice, you should try to ditch these habits or at least not chew directly on the crown restoration. Biting down on a hard object may cause the crown to become loose, or even irreparably damaged.
Continue to brush and floss around the tooth. Your dental crown isn't vulnerable to tooth decay, but the tissues around your dental crown are still susceptible to disease. Therefore, you should continue to brush and floss around your restoration, just as you would with a natural tooth.
Attend regular dental checkups. Attending regular checkups allows us to perform scans of the inside of the tooth as well as maintain your general oral health.