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Posts for: March, 2015

By Rochester Dental
March 23, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Dental Crowns Find out what it’s like to get dental crowns in Troy.

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are designed to cover the entire tooth to provide protection and to restore a damaged tooth.

When are dental crowns used?

Dental crowns can be used for a variety of different reasons:

  • To offer additional protection for a damaged tooth
  • To restore strength in a weak tooth
  • To protect a tooth after root canal therapy
  • To improve the appearance of a severely cracked or stained tooth
  • To cover over a dental implant (to replace a missing tooth)

A dental crown can be made from gold, ceramic, or porcelain. Porcelain or ceramic crowns tend to be the most popular as they are tooth-colored and offer the most natural-looking smile.

What should I expect when I get a dental crown?

A lot will depend on why you need a dental crown in the first place. Many people who need dental crowns will also go through root canal therapy to treat an infected or inflamed tooth. After root canal treatment, which removes the damaged inner structure of the tooth, a dental crown will be cemented to the tooth to preserve the tooth’s structure and offer additional protection.

Getting a dental crown usually takes two visits. During your first visit, we will take impressions of the tooth and then send this information to a lab, where they will custom-make your crown. This usually takes a week. In the meantime, your Troy dentist will fit you with a temporary crown. After about a week, you will come into our office for your second visit, where we will remove your temporary crown and cement the permanent one to your tooth.

How do I care for my dental crowns?

Dental crowns do not require special care and can be treated just like natural teeth. However, just because this is an artificial structure doesn’t mean you don’t have to brush and floss it like you would your other teeth. Decay can still lurk under and around your crown so it’s important that you care for it just as you would the rest of your smile.

How long will my dental crown last?

With the proper care dental crowns can last up to 15 or 20 years. A lot will depend, however, on maintaining good oral health and seeing your Troy dentist for routine exams and cleanings.

If you are experiencing tooth pain or symptoms indicative of an infection or severe decay, then it’s time to see your Troy dentist right away for treatment. Call our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bill Carmody and Dr. Debra G. Halsey at Rochester Dental.