Dental crowns are tooth-shaped “caps” that are placed directly over a tooth after it has been trimmed and prepared for a crown. Today, they are typically made of tooth-colored porcelain. A crown covers up the entire remaining tooth structure all the way down to the gumline, effectively replacing your natural tooth when you eat, chew, speak, and smile. With a dental crown from Dr. Richard Zeller at Five Pines Dental, you can restore the natural appearance and function of your smile. Contact us now to schedule a consultation.
The first modern porcelain crowns were developed by dentists in the late 19th century and early 20th century.
First, you’ll come to Five Pines Dental for a consultation and exam with Dr. Richard Zeller. Dr. Zeller will examine your mouth, provide a diagnosis, and help you decide if a crown is right for your situation.
If you’re approved for a crown, you’ll come back for a follow-up appointment. Dr. Zeller will numb your mouth, clean and trim your tooth to make room for your new crown, and take images and a 3D scan of your teeth.
Next, Dr. Zeller will attach a temporary resin crown to your tooth and send you home. Then, he’ll send the images and scan of your teeth to a dental lab. This is where your permanent porcelain crown will be built. It may take a few weeks to have your crown fabricated and sent back to Five Pines Dental.
Once your permanent crown arrives at our office, you’ll come in for one last appointment with Dr. Zeller. He will remove your temporary crown, clean up your tooth, and check your porcelain crown to make sure it fits perfectly. Then, he’ll bond it in place permanently with dental cement, completing the procedure.
Crowns are ideal for treating deep cavities, or even for replacing large, failed dental fillings. They provide great protection and help restore the shape and size of your tooth. Crowns are also used to treat infected teeth. After an infected tooth has been cleaned out with a root canal, a crown protects it from further infections and restores the shape of the tooth.
If you have a cracked or broken tooth, a dental crown may be the best option for restoring your smile. With a crown, you can eliminate your pain and discomfort, restore the shape and appearance of your tooth, and prevent further complications like tooth infections.
If you have serious cosmetic problems with your smile, crowns may be recommended over cosmetic dentistry treatments like veneers and dental bonding. For example, if you have very severe tooth stains that can’t be treated with teeth whitening or veneers, crowns may be a better option for covering them up and restoring your smile.
Dental crowns can be used for cosmetic and restorative purposes.
Generally, dental crowns last between 10-20 years with proper care. To make sure your dental crowns last as long as possible, make sure you maintain good oral hygiene, eat a tooth-healthy diet that’s low in sugar, and visit Five Pines Dental for a checkup with Dr. Zeller every six months.
Dental crowns are also used to top off dental implants.