Crowns provide durable, natural-looking protection for weakened teeth, they can also be used to hide cosmetic defects. At his practice in Orange County, CA, Dr. Fotinos uses state-of-the-art materials and techniques to create beautiful, comfortable crowns for restorations that look and feel like natural teeth.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are durable coverings designed to fit over the entire visible portion of a tooth, providing protection and strength while also helping to hide cosmetic defects like large, dark fillings or big chips and cracks. Crowns are made of solid materials and can be tinted to match the adjacent teeth, so they look completely natural. In addition to restoring and protecting teeth with substantial decay, crowns are also used to protect and strengthen the teeth used to support a dental bridge and to cover teeth that have been treated with root canal therapy. Crowns can last a lifetime, but typically average 5–10 years, depending on many factors
How Are Crowns Fitted?
Most crowns require two appointments – one to prepare the tooth to receive the crown, and one to perform the actual fitting and attachment of the crown. During the first appointment, the tooth will be prepared to receive the crown. Once any existing decay or damage is properly treated, a small amount of the tooth’s surface material will need to be removed to make room for the crown. An impression will be made and sent to the lab where the crown will be created, and a temporary crown will be put in place to protect the tooth while the final crown is being made. At the second visit, the temporary crown will be removed, and the tooth will be cleaned, so it’s ready to accept the crown. Special dental adhesives will be used to attach the crown, and a final buffing will ensure the crown fits comfortably and feel completely natural.
Are Crowns Hard to Care For?
No, crowns can be treated like natural teeth, with regular brushing and flossing in between the crown and the neighboring teeth to prevent plaque buildup and keep the gums healthy. Routine office visits every six months are also necessary to ensure the crown stays in good shape and remains firmly attached. Avoid chewing hard or sticky foods as it can accidentally dislodge your crown. Clenching and grinding of teeth can also affect your dental crown. Use an antibacterial mouthwash to get rid of the bacterial plaque around the crown