If you have a damaged tooth, you may want to consider a dental crown. Dental crowns are useful for protecting teeth that have had root canals, have been cracked or weakened by damage or disease. If a large part of a tooth has been affected by decay, or if your tooth has had an extensive amount of dental work, your dentist may suggest a crown. A crown can also be used to cover a tooth that is misshapen or has been discolored. A crown can also help to correct problems with your bite. They can be made of a number of different materials including porcelain, zirconia, or metal. Some crowns are also ceramic.
To place a crown, your dentist may need to perform a root canal, or she may have to build a foundation on the tooth to support the crown. In other cases, some or all of the tooth enamel may need to be removed to make room for the crown. An impression will be made of your tooth and the surrounding area, and you will be outfitted with a temporary crown while a dental lab crafts a permanent one. When it is ready, your dentist will use dental cement to fix the crown in place.
If you experience pain or sensitivity when biting down, that could mean that your crown has been placed too high, a situation which will need to be corrected by your dentist. On average, a crown will last for around seven years. You will need to brush twice a day and floss once a day. Although the crown itself may not have any problems, tooth decay could set in at the gumline. Gum disease could also cause problems for your crown.
To find out if a crown may work for you, you should plan a visit with our dentist, Dr. Rani Ramnath. If you would like to make an appointment at Hoke Road Dental in Clayton, Ohio, call 937-832-8000 today. We’re excited to help you get started on a new smile!