When a filling or cosmetic bonding will not suffice to repair a tooth that has been damaged by decay or injury, then Dr. Dann may recommend a dental crown. Also called dental caps, crowns are typically used to protect a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy, too. A crown can also be attached to a dental implant to create a lifelike tooth replacement. Likewise, crowns are placed on abutment teeth to anchor a replacement for a missing tooth.
Although a crown is intended to preserve a tooth and restore its function, crowns today seamlessly blend with your other teeth and are more lifelike in appearance that ever before. Most crowns are now made of either porcelain-fused-to-metal or ceramic, which can both be precisely color matched to your existing teeth for a natural appearance.
When you choose Dr. Dann and his team at Dentistry Asleep to place your dental crown, you can not only count on a crown that will look beautiful and function like a natural tooth, but also a procedure that is free of anxiety and all discomfort. As a Certified Specialist in Dental Anesthesia, Dr. Dann offers a range of sedation techniques from mild sedation, such as nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, to moderate sedation with IV sedation and finally complete sleep while undergoing any dental procedure. You and he will decide which form of sedation is best for you based on your level of anxiety.
Dr. Dann will prepare the tooth receiving a crown and we’ll take a molded impression to send to our dental lab. While your permanent restoration is fabricated, you’ll wear a temporary crown to protect the tooth and provide functionality. When your new crown is ready, you’ll return to our office for Dr. Dann to adhesively bond the crown into place.
To care for your new crown, brush and floss as usual, paying particular attention to the area where the crown meets the gum. Also, try to avoid using your crown to bite down on hard foods. With proper care, your crown from Dentistry Asleep can give you a lifetime of smiles.
Dental crowns are a versatile solution to an array of dental problems. Even though they are a very common way to beautifully repair damaged teeth and strengthen weakened smiles, it’s natural to have a few questions about them. Below, you’ll find a short list of some of the most frequently asked questions Dr. Dann gets about dental crowns. If you don’t see the answer you’re looking for, feel free to contact your friendly team at Dentistry Asleep and we’ll be happy to help!
In the past, dental crowns were typically created from shiny metals that were very noticeable in a row of pearly whites. Thankfully, at Dentistry Asleep, we use high quality dental ceramic or porcelain-fused-to-metal for a seamlessly lifelike way to repair your smile. These materials are well known for how closely they resemble the appearance of natural, healthy tooth enamel. What’s more, they’re just as durable as metal crowns and can withstand the daily pressure of talking and chewing for years with the proper care.
To ensure your new crown can fit in with the surrounding teeth comfortably, a thin layer of enamel will need to be removed from the afflicted tooth. While this may sound daunting, we apply a local anesthetic to completely numb the area before we begin, so you should feel very comfortable throughout your entire treatment. However, if you’re feeling particularly nervous, we also offer a variety of sedation dentistry options to ensure you are as at-ease as possible when taking care of your smile. As a Certified Specialist in Dental Anesthesia, Dr. Dann will help you decide which form of sedation is right for you based on your unique concerns.
While your dental crown will go a long way in protecting the tooth underneath from damage and decay, it’s not invincible. Plaque and bacteria won’t be able to burn through your dental crown, but they may be able to slip under its edge if allowed to accumulate along the gumline around its base. What’s more, since the tooth underneath has thinned enamel, it’s particularly vulnerable to cavities. Thankfully, a thorough daily dental routine is all that’s typically needed to keep your restored tooth happy and healthy. Make sure you brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day, floss between your teeth, and rinse with mouthwash on a daily basis to care for your dental crown as well as your natural teeth.
There are a variety of factors that influence the lifespan of a dental crown. Great at-home oral hygiene and biannual checkups with your dentist can help your dental crown last for many years to come. However, excess wear and tear from teeth grinding, chewing on your fingernails, or using your teeth to open packages can cut its lifespan much shorter than expected. Typically, as long as you take care of it and break bad chewing habits, you can expect your dental crown to last 10-15 years or more.