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Cosmetic Crowns

Cosmetic Crowns

At The Avenue Dental, we offer our patients cosmetic crowns as part of our comprehensive cosmetic dentistry services. When restoring or making over a smile, crowns can be a great option to create the perfect look. Dental and cosmetic crowns support and strengthen a weakened, natural tooth. They’re also an excellent option for hiding cosmetic defects such as dark amalgam fillings, chips,cracks or misshapen teeth.

Cosmetic Crowns

At The Avenue Dental, we offer our patients cosmetic crowns as part of our comprehensive cosmetic dentistry services. When restoring or making over a smile, crowns can be a great option to create the perfect look. Dental and cosmetic crowns support and strengthen a weakened, natural tooth. They’re also an excellent option for hiding cosmetic defects such as dark amalgam fillings, chips,cracks or misshapen teeth.

What are cosmetic Crowns?

A dental crown, also referred to as a cap, corrects both functional and aesthetic concerns of a tooth. A crown is a durable and designed to fit over the entire visible portion of a tooth. Crowns are permanently bonded coverings which are comprised of solid materials such as porcelain, sculpted to resemble natural teeth, and designed to blend in with surrounding teeth.

What are Cosmetic Crowns?

A dental crown, also referred to as a cap, corrects both functional and aesthetic concerns of a tooth. A crown is a durable and designed to fit over the entire visible portion of a tooth. Crowns are permanently bonded coverings which are comprised of solid materials such as porcelain, sculpted to resemble natural teeth, and designed to blend in with surrounding teeth.

What to Expect During a Dental Crowns Procedure?

Most crowns require two appointments. During the first appointment, we’ll prepare your tooth to receive a crown. This involves removing any tooth decay or cracks and creating new architecture to the exterior portion of the tooth so that a crown will have good retention and fit comfortably. A digital scan of the tooth is taken and sent to the lab that will create a hand crafted crown designed specifically for the patient. We will then place a temporary crown to protect the patient’s tooth until the permanent crown can be placed in a week or so. At the second appointment, we’ll remove the temporary crown and clean the tooth with antibacterial solution. The permanent crown is then bonded with special dental adhesives and polished for a smooth comfortable fit.

What to expect during a dental crown procedure?

Most crowns require two appointments. During the first appointment, we’ll prepare your tooth to receive a crown. This involves removing any tooth decay or cracks and creating new architecture to the exterior portion of the tooth so that a crown will have good retention and fit comfortably. A digital scan of the tooth is taken and sent to the lab that will create a hand crafted crown designed specifically for the patient. We will then place a temporary crown to protect the patient’s tooth until the permanent crown can be placed in a week or so. At the second appointment, we’ll remove the temporary crown and clean the tooth with antibacterial solution. The permanent crown is then bonded with special dental adhesives and polished for a smooth comfortable fit.

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Types of Dental Crowns

Ceramic or porcelain-based crowns have the most natural color, strength and retention, which is why they’re the most common cosmetic crowns used on all teeth. There are also crowns made from gold which lack the cosmetic component, but have good strength and longevity.

Types of dental crowns

Ceramic or porcelain-based crowns have the most natural color, strength and retention, which is why they’re the most common cosmetic crowns used on all teeth. There are also crowns made from gold which lack the cosmetic component, but have good strength and longevity.

Are Cosmetic Crowns As Strong As Regular Crowns?

The answer is yes. The same types of porcelain crowns that are used for cosmetic procedures are usually those used in medically necessary dental procedures. The ceramic crowns, commonly used on front teeth, are the most aesthetically pleasing due to the types of porcelains used to create a natural smile, but differ slightly in strength and still have tremendous longevity over time. There are many types of porcelain’s available depending on what your oral condition requires and Dr Naz will discuss which cosmetic crowns will be the best choice for you based on your aesthetic goals and dental needs.

Are Cosmetic Crowns As Strong As Regular Crowns?

The answer is yes. The same types of porcelain crowns that are used for cosmetic procedures are usually those used in medically necessary dental procedures. The ceramic crowns, commonly used on front teeth, are the most aesthetically pleasing due to the types of porcelains used to create a natural smile, but differ slightly in strength and still have tremendous longevity over time. There are many types of porcelain’s available depending on what your oral condition requires and Dr Naz will discuss which cosmetic crowns will be the best choice for you based on your aesthetic goals and dental needs.

How Long Do Cosmetic Crowns Last?

With the proper care, crowns can last a lifetime. While they don’t need much beyond the regular brushing and flossing that natural teeth require, it’s especially important to avoid activities that would put extra wear and tear on your new crowns. Refrain from chewing on hard objects like ice, hard candy, or the back of a pen. If you suffer from bruxism (grinding teeth or clenching your jaw), you should talk to Dr Naz about addressing the problem with a night guard.

What Is the Purpose of Getting a Dental Crown?

Some cavities need more than just a filling. The tooth comprises three separate layers, the hard, outer layer that makes up the tooth enamel, the dentin, which serves as the tooth’s main structure, and the center pulp, which holds blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue.

When a cavity, or tooth decay, permeates all three levels of a tooth, you may need a dental crown to protect and reinforce the tooth’s structure. Other purposes of a dental crown include: 

  • Support the structure of a tooth that’s broken or at risk of breaking
  • Improve the appearance of a misshapen or discolored tooth
  • Hold a tooth together after a large dental filling or root canal
  • Anchor a dental bridge 

Dental crowns also serve as the structural and cosmetic top of a dental implant, making the implant look and function like a regular tooth.

 

How Are Dental Crowns Properly Maintained?

Dental crowns are made to last. The average lifespan of a dental crown is around fifteen years. However, when patients properly take care of their dental crowns, they can last 25-30 years. 

Caring for your dental crown is similar to what it takes to care for your natural teeth. Maintaining regular dental appointments, brushing twice a day, and flossing are all part of your regular oral hygiene and are essential to preserving the health of your dental crown. 

In addition, patients with dental crowns should avoid clenching or grinding their teeth and should inquire about a night guard to protect their teeth while sleeping. It’s also important to prevent biting hard foods, like ice or hard candy, which can damage your dental crown or natural teeth. 

 

How Long Is the Recovery Dental Crown Placement?

The typical recovery period from a dental crown placement is a few days. After the initial numbing effect of the anesthetic wears off, patients may feel some inflammation or irritation in the area around the procedure site. These effects generally resolve on their own within a few days. 

You may also want to rinse with warm salt water a few times a day to reduce swelling. Patients may also experience an adjustment period as they become accustomed to the new crown in their mouth. It may feel different or take some time to adjust to the new feeling when biting down.

 

What Foods Should I Avoid with Dental Crowns?

Permanent dental crowns are solid and resilient. However, you can protect your crown and natural teeth by avoiding certain habits, like chewing on ice, hard candies, or popcorn kernels. 

When eating particularly sticky or crunchy foods, try to chew away from the crown, if possible. Taking extra care when eating, in general, can help to protect your crown from cracking or falling out completely. 

 

Does Getting a Dental Crown Hurt?

Many dental procedures have a poor reputation for being painful. However, advancements in technology allow most practices to be virtually painless and definitely less painful than a broken or decaying tooth. 

The entire process of receiving a dental crown is performed under local anesthesia, so you shouldn’t feel anything but pressure. After your dental crown procedure, you may be slightly sensitive in the treatment area for a day or two, but you can easily manage that discomfort with over-the-counter pain relievers.

 

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