Dental crowns are tooth restoration prosthetics that act as “caps” over your natural tooth. They are a great way to bring your smile back to life after damage or decay and help you to feel great about the impression you make on the world.
Here are some functions of dental crowns:
Dental crowns also serve as the visible portion of dental implants and bridges.
The process begins with a thorough dental exam with Dr. Hsu. He may use imaging technology to get a clear idea of the structure of your teeth and bone tissue.
Once he determines that a crown is the best option, he prepares your tooth by removing a small portion of tissue to allow the crown to fit into position. Next, Dr. Hsu makes a mold of your teeth for the dental lab so they can craft your custom crown. You may receive a temporary crown to wear until that process is complete.
When your crown arrives, Dr. Hsu checks the fit and makes any necessary adjustments before cementing the crown in place. You may need to come in for a follow-up appointment to ensure that your gums are healing correctly around the crown.
There's no simple answer to this question, as the lifespan of your new crown depends on several factors. There are precautions you can take to lengthen the life of your crown.
It's essential to avoid any action that places undue stress on the surface of your crown or surrounding teeth. That includes using your teeth as tools to pry or open things, and chewing on hard candy or ice.
Otherwise, your crown needs the same care you give to your other teeth. Regular brushing and flossing keep your teeth and gums healthy. If you notice any issues with your crown, schedule an appointment with John S.K. Hsu D.D.S. and Virginia J. Chin D.D.S., P.C. for an exam.
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