Dental crowns are thin, strong, tooth-shaped coverings or protective shells designed to surround the entire visible part of a tooth. A dental crown serves lots of functions:
At her practices, Dr. Chu only uses metal-free crowns made of all-ceramic or all-porcelain and expertly shaped and tinted to blend in beautifully. All-ceramic and all-porcelain crowns lend themselves to natural tinting, making them the most attractive crown restorations available today. Having teeth whitened prior to crown application ensures the crowns continue to match teeth when they look their best.
Crowns typically require 2 appointments.
First, Dr. Chu will shape the tooth, removing a small amount of the superficial part of the tooth structure to make room for the thickness of the crown.
An impression will be taken, then sent to a dental lab that specializes in beautiful, state-of-the-art dental restorations.
Dr. Chu will place a temporary crown over the tooth to protect it from damage while the permanent crown is being fabricated.
At the second appointment, Dr. Chu will remove the temporary crown and clean the tooth surface. Then she’ll place the crown on the tooth, securing it with a strong dental adhesive, check the bite, then buff and polish it so it looks great and feels completely comfortable.
Caring for a crown is simple. Like natural teeth, crowns require regular brushing and flossing to prevent plaque and tartar buildup and causing gum disease. Routine dental checkups will ensure the crown stays in good shape and the tooth it’s protecting stays healthy and free of disease.
Ceramic and porcelain crowns are very durable, and with proper care, they can last a decade or more. Like natural teeth, crowns can become damaged from biting or chewing on hard substances like ice or hard candies, so those activities should be avoided. And of course, teeth should never be used as tools to pry off or unscrew lids. Such activities can cause teeth and crowns to chip and fracture.