Dental crowns are long-lasting restorations that protect prepared natural teeth. On average, dental crowns last about five to 15 years. They may last decades with exceptional oral care.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Save Teeth from Extraction
When your dentist can't restore a tooth with a filling, they may be able to use a dental crown to save it. Dental crowns protect teeth that are too damaged for a filling. Teeth needing crowns may have suffered decay or breakage.
Dentists often use crowns after root canals to cover and protect the remaining natural tooth. Crowns allow the dentist to preserve the tooth's natural root structure without needing extraction and restoration.
Restore Chewing Function
Patients can easily chew with dental crowns. They can enjoy almost anything except excessively hard or sticky foods that may break or dislodge the crown.
Crowns also have cosmetic applications. They can cover misshapen or discolored teeth.
How Dental Crowns Work
A dental crown works like a tooth cap that covers the entire surface. First, the dentist takes physical or digital impressions of the existing tooth to ensure the crown will match the original.
The dentist removes all decayed and damaged material, shaping the tooth to accept the crown. If there is not much tooth left above the gum line, the dentist may be able to build a post to attach the crown.
The dentist takes another set of impressions to shape the crown's interior and ensure a well-fitting restoration. The dentist sends you home with a temporary crown to wear until the final version arrives from the lab.
At your second appointment, the dentist checks the crown's fit and cements it into place. You will leave the office with a sturdy, attractive restoration.
Tips for Helping Your Dental Crown Last Longer
- Avoid chewing pens, ice, fingernails, and other non-food objects
- Avoid sticky candy like taffy and caramel
- If you have sleep bruxism (teeth grinding), ask your dentist for a night guard to protect your crowns and natural teeth
- Brush and floss as you would with a healthy, natural tooth
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Crowns
What are crowns made of?
Patients have several material choices, including metal alloys, gold alloys, porcelain fused to metal, and ceramic. Your dentist will help you choose the right material for your needs.
What if my tooth is too far gone for a crown?
If your dentist determines the tooth has too much damage for a crown, you may need an extraction and replacement, like an implant or bridge.
Call Wilson Park Dental
If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, you may feel that your only option is extraction. Fortunately, Dr. Haave can place crowns on many teeth that have suffered breakage or decay or undergone root canals. Please call our Rapid City, SD, office at 605-343-9352 to schedule an appointment today.