Crowns are a cap appliance used to improve damaged teeth by adding strength and improving the general appearance of your teeth. They are typically made of porcelain, though some are made from composite resin or even metal. Relatively easy to place, they are used when teeth are chipped or overly damaged with late-stage decay. Crowns can also take care of gaps between teeth and hide discolored sections of enamel.
Reach out to our team at O'Sullivan, DeLuca & Ressel Dental Care and let us discuss crown placement options. We are waiting to hear from you.
Who Needs a Crown Treatment?
Crown placements can protect a damaged tooth and preserve it by holding together cracked sections or by replacing lost tooth material. Anyone in need of a dental appliance can use a crown to anchor it in place too. Loose teeth can also benefit from a crown placement by securing them.
Why a Crown Placement?
Crowns help by preserving the natural tooth, which is essential because it helps patients maintain their natural chewing motion and oral cavity structure. When teeth are replaced, sometimes the artificial tooth fails to fill the space correctly, leaving gaps where decay can occur, leading to bone loss and potential collapse.
With a crown placement, gaps between teeth are eliminated, which hinders food particles from finding purchase, thus minimizing tooth decay. Misaligned or discolored teeth can be improved by crowns as well, reestablishing the natural functionality of the tooth.
How to Place a Crown
Crowns are typically placed over the course of two appointments. The first is entirely preparatory, where our staff performs an examination of the underlying bone structure to ensure the crown will stay properly in place. In some cases, root canals are necessary before crown placement because the supportive tissue is too weak.
At the second appointment, the crown placement site is prepared by deep cleaning the tooth and gum tissue. Ridding the area of harmful bacteria and infection is important to ensure the crown placement goes smoothly. Our staff will carefully shape and color the porcelain to match the patient’s surrounding teeth, so it blends in as much as possible.
We will then place the crown, ensuring proper fit and permanently anchoring it to the affected tooth. An anesthetic will be applied to the surrounding area of the mouth, so the patient is numbed before the procedure begins.
How Long Do Crowns Last?
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), if crowns are cared for properly, they can last up to thirty years. This can be extended considerably as long as the patient practices proper oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing twice a day, avoiding eating acidic or sticky foods (which might damage the crown), avoiding coffee, tea, or red wine (which might stain the crown), are some ways to care for your teeth properly. Scheduling professional cleanings twice a year is also part of proper dental care too. Patients should also be careful when participating in vigorous activities so nothing strikes them in the mouth.
Our team of associates are waiting to help improve our patients smile by placing crowns here at O'Sullivan, DeLuca & Ressel Dental Care. Call us at (352) 666-9898 or visit our office during normal business hours to schedule your appointment.