Dental crowns are custom-fitted tooth prosthetics that are used to restore damaged, decayed or fractured teeth. Crowns – also known as caps – are fixed over the surfaces of natural tooth structures or dental implants to provide a patient with a strong and natural looking smile.
Did you know…
that the Etruscan civilization were the first to use crowns as a means of restoring damaged teeth? In fact, the materials they used – ivory, gold, and bones – were still the standard in dentistry as recently as the 20th century, when porcelain crowns were first invented. Today, crowns and bridges are customized specifically for the patient’s bite and can be placed in as little as two dental visits. With proper cleaning and regular dental check-ups, crowns and bridges can last many years, or even a lifetime.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a crown or bridge right for me?
If you have a tooth that is damaged or decayed, but still intact, a dental crown may be right for you. If you have a missing tooth and would like to restore your bite and improve the appearance of your smile, a bridge may be the solution for you. Schedule an office consultation to determine whether you could benefit from crowns or bridges.
What should I expect when I have my crown or bridge placed?
If you are a candidate for a crown or bridge, two appointments will be necessary which will be spaced approximately three weeks apart. The procedure begins with the preparation of the natural teeth. An impression will then be taken of your bite which will be used to fabricate a mold so our dental lab can craft your custom fitted porcelain crown or bridge. The color will match the natural shade of your other teeth. Dr. Appelbaum will prepare a temporary crown/bridge which will resemble your natural teeth so that you can continue with your daily life without worrying about a missing tooth. At your second visit Dr. Appelbaum will proceed with placement of your custom crown or bridge. Once cemented, he will adjust the bite, if necessary,
Do I need to follow any post-treatment care guidelines?
Your teeth and gum tissue will need time to heal following the crown and bridge placement process, so it is normal for you to experience some sensitivity – especially to hot, cold and chewing. You may take 2 Advil or Tylenol every 6 hours as necessary. Please do not chew on the side that has been treated until your permanent restoration is cemented. On your first visit you will receive instructions on how to care for the area where the treatment was performed.