Dental crowns are synthetic tooth caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth. Dental crowns are typically used to restore a tooth's function and appearance following a tooth restoration procedure such as a root canal. Dental crowns are also used to attach dental bridges, cover dental implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. Dr. Lee Simon custom designs dental crowns for patients in Erie, PA. If you're interested in learning more about dental crowns and finding out if they're right for you, contact Dr. Lee Simon in Erie, PA today.
A tooth must usually be reduced in size to accommodate a crown. An impression is then made from the existing tooth to create a custom-designed dental crown. The impression is sent to a special lab, which manufactures a custom-designed crown. In some cases, a temporary dental crown is applied until the permanent crown is ready. Permanent crowns are cemented in place. Crowns are sometimes confused with veneers.
With proper care, a good quality dental crown could last up to eight years or longer. It is very important to floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess plaque or collection of debris around the tooth restoration. Certain behaviors such as jaw clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding) significantly shorten the life of a crown. Moreover, eating brittle foods, ice or hard candy can compromise the adhesion of the crown, or even damage the crown.