Dental Crowns in Colorado Springs
Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, we’ll use crowns to restore your tooth. We also use crowns to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or when an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. To learn more about the benefits of dental crowns, call Hill Dentistry today and book your appointment with Dr. Thanik.
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Adequate & Appropriate Restoration of Tooth Structure
Indirectly fabricated crowns may be fabricated one of two ways. In the traditional sense, the tooth in question is prepared, a mold is taken, and a temporary crown is placed. The mold is then sent to a lab where a model is constructed, and a crown is created. The patient returns to the dental office a week or two later to fit and cement the crown into place.
Alternatively, a crown may be indirectly fabricated utilizing technology and techniques relating to CAD/CAM dentistry, whereby the tooth is prepared and computer software is used to create a virtual restoration that is milled on the spot and bonded permanently in place an hour or two later.
A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:
- To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
- To restore an already-broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
- To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left
- To hold a dental bridge in place
- To cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth
- To cover a dental implant
- To make a cosmetic modification
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
On average, dental crowns last between 5 and 15 years. The lifespan of a crown depends on the amount of “wear and tear” the crown is exposed to, how well you follow good oral hygiene practices and your personal, mouth-related habits. You should avoid grinding or clenching your teeth, chewing ice, biting fingernails, and using your teeth to open packaging.
Does a Crowned Tooth Require Special Care?
While a crowned tooth does not require any special care, it’s important to remember that just because a tooth is crowned does not mean the tooth is protected from decay or gum disease. Continue to follow good oral hygiene practices, including brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing daily, especially around the crown area where the gum meets the tooth, and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash at least once a day.