If your tooth needs to be restored, you will need a dental crown. Dental crowns are caps that come in the shape of a tooth. A crown is placed over the tooth for:
Crowns & Bridgework
Importance of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are necessary in many situations. Both adults and children will need dental crowns, but for different reasons.
Reasons for Crowns on Permanent Teeth:
Reasons for Crowns on Baby Teeth:
Types of Dental Crowns
There are different types of crowns that you can choose from. The most common crown is the stainless steel crown. This is a temporary crown that is used until your permanent crown is made, typically from some other type of material. We recommend stainless steel crowns for your children. Once your child's permanent tooth comes in, the crown will come out with the primary tooth. Stainless steel crowns do not require multiple visits for children, and they are more cost-effective.
Metal crowns are made from base-metal alloys and/or Gold. Metal crowns are more durable, and are better at withstanding chewing forces. Another plus for metal crowns is that they are less likely to chip, if ever.
If you want a crown that resembles an actual tooth, you will prefer the porcelain crown. We recommend placing your porcelain crowns on your front or back teeth. Porcelain crowns are more natural looking, but they can break or chip.
Dr. Snodgrass can make both temporary and permanent crowns for you in our office. Temporary crowns will be made from a stainless steel material. Permanent crowns are made using either by sending to a dental lab or by using our Cerec technology.
It will take us two visits to exam your tooth, and prepare it for a crown. On your first visit we will examine you and prepare the tooth. When you come back for your second visit, we will place your crown.
If you have a temporary crown, there are some practices you want to follow, and some habits you will need to avoid. It is important that you do not eat foods that are sticky, such as gum. This can pull your crown off of your tooth. You also want to eat your meals on the side of your mouth that does not have the crown, this applies if you have a temporary crown. You do not want to break your crown; therefore, you should avoid eating hard foods. Raw vegetables are an example of hard foods.
Caring For Your Crowns
While you do not have any special care requirements for a crowned tooth, you still need to follow your daily dental hygiene routine; brushing your teeth at least twice a day, and flossing daily. Your tooth may be covered with a crown, but the crown itself does not prevent gum disease or tooth decay.