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Crowns – More Frequently asked Questions

A crown is a restoration that covers, or "caps," a tooth to restore it to its regular size and shape, reinforcing and improving the appearance of a tooth.  Crowns are essential when a tooth is abnormally broken down and fillings won't fix the issue.  If a tooth is split, a crown holds the tooth together to seal the fractures so the damage does not get worse. Crowns are likewise used to repair a tooth when there isn't really enough of the tooth remaining to supply support for a large filling, attach a bridge, protect weak teeth from fracturing, restore fractured teeth or cover terribly shaped or blemished teeth.  In our Chapel Hill office, one of our frequent procedures is installing dental crowns for our patients in Chapel Hill who have damaged or misshaped teeth. How is a crown installed? To prepare the tooth for a crown, it is lowered so the crown can fit over it.  An impression of the gums and teeth is made and sent out to the lab for the crown fabrication.  A short-term crown is fitted over the tooth till the long-term crown is made. On the next visit to our Chapel Hill office, Dr. Lehmann removes the temporary crown and cements the long-term crown onto the tooth. Will it look natural? Chapel Hill dentist Fred Lehmann's primary goal is to produce a crown that looks like a natural tooth. To attain a particular appearance, a number of aspects are considered, such as the color, bite, shape and length of your natural teeth. If you have a certain cosmetic look in mind for your crown, discuss it with your dental practitioner at your preliminary meeting.  When the treatment is complete, your [...]

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Dental Crowns Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Dental Crown? A dental crown is a cap, shaped like a tooth. The crown goes over a tooth to strengthen it, and improve the appearance. Dental crowns may be needed to protect a broken or weak tooth, to cover a tooth with a large filling, to hold a dental bridge in place or to cover discolored teeth. Crowns are generally cemented into place. Here are some commonly asked questions about crowns: Generally, what are tooth crowns made of? Some crowns are made of metal. Of course, a metal crown is not a good choice for a tooth that everyone can see. Metal crowns are durable, and are often placed on the back teeth to cut costs.  Porcelain fused-to-metal crowns are strong and durable, but they are not as cosmetically pleasing as an all porcelain crown.  All porcelain crowns are considered to be the most attractive crown. They are usually made out of ceramic material. Porcelain crowns look like or better than a regular tooth.  All ceramic crowns are made of tooth-colored material, designed to blend in with the rest of the teeth. Ceramic crowns are not as durable as some other options.  All resin crowns are the most affordable, but they break easily. How can tooth crowns be repaired? Porcelain crowns can chip, sometimes. If the chip is small, a composite resin can be used to repair the crown, while it is still in the mouth. If the chip is large, a new crown may be necessary.  Sometimes, a crown falls off. Use dental adhesive to temporarily replace the crown, and call the dentist's office. The dentist may be able to re-cement the crown into place. With proper maintenance, can tooth crowns [...]

By |October 23rd, 2013|Crowns and Bridges|0 Comments