Crowns are a great way of fixing up a natural tooth and preserving its use. These caps can also help improve the appearance of a tooth and restore its function while alleviating the pain that might come with the tooth issues. These devices are not a one size fits all kind of appliance. Cicero Family Dental Care can answer all your questions and walk you through what type of crown fits your needs.
What Is A Dental Crown?
A dental crown is in essence, a cap for your tooth. Sometimes a crown is needed to improve the appearance of a tooth. In other cases, a crown is used to keep a natural tooth strong and restore function to the tooth. They can also be used to help keep a cracked tooth together or covering a cavity to prevent further damage. They can be used for many reasons, but their main purpose is to help a natural tooth maintain its form and function.
To make a crown, our staff will make a mold of your tooth. Using the mold, they will then create a crown that is custom fit for you. They will then place the crown, make any needed adjustments, and cement it into place.
How Long Do Crowns Last?
There are a variety of materials used in the construction of a crown. The lifespan of a crown depends on the material used. On average, a crown can last anywhere from 5-15 years. However, the lifestyle of the patient has a lot to do with how long this device lasts. If a person has a lifestyle where they use the crown a considerable amount, it won’t last as long. A person with great oral hygiene habits can extend the lifespan of their crown. A crown does not last forever, but if treated well, it can have a long lifespan.
Can You Eat And Drink Normally With A Crown?
Once a crown has settled, you can eat and drink just like you did before. If your crown is porcelain, it could become discolored from drinks like coffee or wine, so consume those in moderation. Avoid sticky foods since those could get stuck to your crown. But other than that, you can resume normal eating and drinking habits.
How Long Does It Take To Get A Crown?
Crowns can be a two appointment procedure. On your first visit, our staff will assess the tooth and make the mold for your crown. If your tooth is not strong enough to maintain itself, a temporary crown is put on that tooth so no additional damage can happen. On your second visit, the temporary crown is removed, and the fit of your crown is checked. Once our team is secure in the fit, it is cemented into place. Each visit takes less than an hour.
Crowns are an excellent device to use to help restore function to a natural tooth or to make a tooth whole and strong. Cicero Family Dental Care are professionals in the field and will know exactly what type of crown and material you need for your best smile. Call us today at (680) 688-6026 to make your appointment.