How long do dental crowns last?

June 1, 2016

Filed under: restorative dentistry — Tags: , — drcurtis @ 6:13 pm

dental crownsIf you have a cracked, broken, severely decayed or worn tooth, then your dental health may not only be at stake, but you may also be self-conscious about the appearance of your smile. With a dental crown, also called a dental cap, Dr. Curtis can restore the form, function and strength to an otherwise compromised tooth. We’ve rebuilt many patients’ smiles with dental crowns in Trumbull, and we can do the same for your smile.

How are Crowns Made?

Dr. Curtis works closely with a professional dental lab to design and create a dental crown that is customized for your smile. He prefers to use porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns in order to maintain a completely white smile. We use a color-matching system to determine the precise shade of porcelain that will blend seamlessly with the color of your other teeth. Porcelain crowns are quite durable, are designed to withstand the normal pressures of biting and chewing, and with regular oral hygiene care can be expected to last for decades.

How are Dental Crowns Placed?

To receive a dental crown, Madison and residents from other nearby areas usually need to schedule to appointments with Dr. Curtis that are spaced about two weeks apart. At the first visit, we’ll take an impression of your tooth that our lab will use to fabricate a crown that fits comfortably between your other teeth and against the teeth of the opposing arch. We want you to be able to bite without any interference from your new crown.

Also at this appointment, Dr. Curtis will remove some of the tooth along the sides and on the biting surface. While he will leave as much original structure in place as possible, reducing the size of your tooth helps to ensure the comfort of your new crown. After this step, we’ll take another impression of your tooth. The lab uses this to manufacture your permanent and we immediately use it to place a temporary ceramic crown over your tooth.

In a couple of weeks, your permanent crown will be ready. Dr. Curtis will remove the temporary and check to make sure the new crown fits well. If he is satisfied, then the crown is cemented into place. Minor adjustments can be made to the cusps of the crown if it feels a little high when you bite. Your new dental crown will function just as well as a natural tooth and needs the same oral hygiene care.

Call Our Office Today

If you’ve been told that you need to repair a decayed or damaged tooth with a dental crown, then contact Curtis Family Dentistry in Bridgeport, CT.

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