Some of the most common issues that crowns are used to correct include:
- Broken or weakened teeth
- Teeth with large fillings that are deteriorating
- Teeth that have undergone root canals
- Cracked teeth
- Heavily decayed teeth
- Heavily discolored teeth
Crowns can also be used to support dental bridges or as part of a dental implant to replace teeth. Forestville Family Dental offers two kinds in our office: impression crowns and same-day CEREC crowns.
Impression crowns are made using physical molds of your teeth. With the physical molds, crowns the exact shape, size, and color of your teeth are created. Impression crowns are either made entirely from porcelain, or out of a combination of porcelain and gold. In addition to being strong and durable, porcelain closely resembles natural teeth. This makes it easy for crowns to blend in amongst your teeth. While you wait for your permanent impression crown, we will give a temporary one to protect the tooth in question.
Same Day CEREC Crowns
We also use our CEREC system to make crowns right in our office, which eliminates the wait for a permanent impression crown and the need for a temporary one. The CEREC system uses computer-assisted design and manufacturing technology to make crowns from milled ceramic. The color of the ceramic is matched to your exact tooth color.
Getting a Crown
We start the process of placing a crown by removing any decay, sharp edges, or old fillings from your tooth. This is a painless process, which we do with local anesthetic. Once your tooth is ready, we place the crown overtop and bond it to the tooth. We then talk you through and send you home with instructions on how to care for your crown afterward. It’s completely normal to experience sensitivity in your teeth and gums for a few weeks after your crown. This is part of the healing process.
Caring for crowns
After you receive your crown, we advise you to stay away from sticky or hard foods for a few days. This way, the crown can complete the bonding process. From then on out, you should treat your crown as you would your normal teeth and care for it accordingly. Just as with real teeth, daily brushing and flossing and visits to your dental hygienist will keep your crown in the best shape throughout its lifetime. With the right care, crowns normally last from 5 to 15 years.
Feel ready to take the next step?
The team at Forestville Family Dental are ready and waiting for you. Contact our office today to learn more and start the process of getting the smile you deserve.