Dental crowns are placed over teeth that have been weakened through trauma, infection, or severe decay. Also known as “caps,” crowns may be used to replace missing teeth as a restoration for dental implants and bridges. They may also be used to secure a dental bridge without harming adjacent teeth.
Placing dental crowns takes two office visits. During your first visit, the tooth is prepared and a temporary crown is placed. This crown, while useful, will not be as visually impressive as your permanent crown. Nor will it be as functionally strong. Caring for temporary crowns involves careful brushing and flossing, avoiding sticky and chewy foods, and not biting hard candy or ice. Fortunately, you will only need to wear your temporary crown for one to two weeks.
Once your permanent crown has been fabricated by our lab partners, you will return to our office to have it placed. This crown will be sized, shaped, and shaded to fit seamlessly into your smile. It will also be just as strong as your natural tooth enamel, with the added benefit of natural stain-resistance. Better yet, maintaining the strength and brilliance of your dental crowns doesn’t require anything significant.
Taking Care of Porcelain Crowns
To care for your crowns, do:
- Brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush after every meal
- Floss both morning and night – before you brush
- Visit our office every six months for professional cleanings and examinations
To care for your crowns, do not:
- Use an abrasive toothpaste
- Use a medium-bristle toothbrush
- Brush teeth agressivly
- Chew hard candy, ice, or non-food items
- Use a mouthwash with alcohol
The truth is, caring for porcelain crowns is just as easy as taking care of your natural teeth. During your time in our care, we will happily provide you with individual instructions to help ensure your smile remains as strong, healthy, and attractive as possible in-between visits.
Do You Need a Dental Crown?
If you suspect you might need a dental crown or if you need to have one repaired or replaced, please call Desert Smiles at 602-978-1790 to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Nathan Teeny. Located in Glendale, we serve all surrounding areas of Arizona.