Published: Sep 10, 2014 | By: Richard Caven
Have a cracked, decayed or broken tooth? If so, there's a good chance that your dentist will treat it with a crown, or a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over the tooth in order to restore it to its original shape and size, as well as improve its appearance and strengthen it. Specifically, crowns are cemented into place and completely encase the tooth from the gum line on up.
Crowns are typically administered over two separate dental appointments. At the first appointment, the dentist will take the necessary measurements and moldings, then send the data off to a dental lab where a permanent crown can be manufactured. However, since it usually takes anywhere from two to three weeks to manufacture the permanent dental crown, the dentist will apply a temporary crown at this first initial visit. Temporary crowns are usually made of acrylic and bonded into place using a temporary cement.
Fortunately, Dr. Caven uses the amazing Cerec Technology for most of the crowns. That means there is no need for any temporary crowns or even impressions. The final crown is given to you that very day. But there are still times that temporary crowns are utilized.
Dental patients being treated with a crown receive both a temporary crown and a permanent crown and it's important to know how to properly care for both. Thankfully, there's not a whole lot of TLC that goes into properly caring for either type of crown. Here's a closer look:
As noted, temporary crowns are only worn for a few weeks until the permanent crown is made and applied. With that in mind, here's a look at how dentists recommend that these crowns are cared for:
Dental crowns typically last anywhere from 5 to 15 years, and this lifespan largely weighs on how good your oral habits are. While permanent crowns are much less maintenance than a temporary crown, here's a look on how to best care for one to ensure they're long lasting:
Crowns are a simple, effective and cost conscious way to treat damaged teeth. What's more is that they're easy and convenient to care for as well especially with the amazing Cerec Technology. For more information on dental crowns, contact Caven Dental today.
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