Cincinnati Dental Crowns

What Are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are amazing devices that a dentist uses to cover or cap damaged or decayed teeth. Crowns are a fixed prosthetic device and are, therefore, not removable. They are cemented to teeth or to dental implants. Dr. Malavich of Malavich Family Dental provides Dental Crown services in the Cincinnati area. Below is some more information – feel free to call our office if you have any more questions.

More About Crowns

A crown will strengthen a damaged tooth; it will also improve the tooth’s shape and alignment, and enhance its appearance.

Crowns can be made out of porcelain or a ceramic material to match the patient’s natural teeth. They can also be built out of gold and metal alloys. Some alloy material is stronger than porcelain, and may be better suited for the hard-chomping back teeth. Porcelain, however, can be bonded to a metal form, which makes for an attractive and strong tooth.

There are many conditions that may require a crown. Crowns work well if you need to:

– cover a tooth where a large filling has left only a little of the tooth
– protect a weak tooth from cracking
– restore a tooth that has been fractured
– cover a dental implant, an unsightly tooth, or a tooth that has had a root canal.

How Do Dentists Make Crowns?

The dentist will first reduce the tooth so that the crown will fit onto the tooth. The dentist will then make an impression of the tooth to provide a mold for the crown. This mold impression will enable a dental lab to make the crown from the material the dentist specifies. A temporary crown will protect the tooth while the lab is making the permanent crown. The dentist will remove this crown when the permanent crown is ready to be cemented to the prepared tooth.

How Long Do Crowns Last?

Crowns are made to last a lifetime, but sometimes they become loose or fall out. The patient can prevent damage to the new crown by avoiding chewing ice or hard foods. Good oral hygiene is important, because it is essential to protect gums and the teeth from gum disease or bone disease. Regular professional cleanings are important.

If you are interested in Cincinnati dental crown services, call our office at 513.769.4873 or use our online contact form.

References:

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/bridges-and-crowns/article/what-are-dental-crowns-and-tooth-bridges