Crowns also called “caps,” are dental prosthetics that protect and repair damaged or decayed teeth; they also top dental implants. They’re secured to damaged teeth with a permanent bonding adhesive, providing both an aesthetic fix and damage protection.
Having a crown installed usually takes two appointments. During the first visit, Dr. Sholudko creates a mold -- the customized crown’s blueprint -- and places a temporary crown on the damaged tooth. Dr. Sholudko then installs the permanent crown on the second visit.
With today’s advanced materials, crowns can look just like a patient’s natural teeth. All-porcelain caps, for example, can be tinted to match neighboring teeth. Dentists typically use these crowns on teeth that are readily visible to others.
Dentists may also fuse porcelain caps to a metal base. These crowns are extremely durable but frequently have a gray or silver tint. A thin gray line can also appear along the patient’s gums. Therefore, they’re typically only used on back teeth. Other less-used options include metal or resin crowns.
Crowns are an effective solution to many dental issues, such as:
Capping a tooth with a root canal
Correcting a discolored or misshapen tooth
Mounting a dental implant
Securing a bridge
Providing protection for a weakened tooth
Substituting for a large filling
Crowns last a lifetime when cared for correctly. However, even if it becomes damaged, loose, or falls off, it can easily be repaired by Dr. Sholudko.
How do I care for my dental crowns?
Crowns need good oral hygiene, just like natural teeth: They should be brushed twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossed once a day. Avoiding chewing on hard foods and ice and getting a professional cleaning and checkup twice a year also ensures their long-term durability.
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