Dental Crown Pelham NH
A dental crown is a tooth-like cap used to restore the appearance and function of teeth. Patients may need a dental crown to protect a weakened tooth or replace a missing one. A dental crown is custom-made for each patient to assure it fits comfortably and functions well. There are a variety of materials used for dental crowns which include composite-resin, ceramic, porcelain, metal, and porcelain-fused-to-metal.
A patient may need a dental crown for the following reasons:
- Cover a large dental filling
- Restore a damaged or fractured tooth
- In conjunction with dental implants or bridges
- As part of a root canal treatment
- Cover a severely discolored tooth
- Correct a misshapen tooth
Maintaining a Dental Crown
Crowns are sturdy and able to withstand normal chewing. Avoid hard food, candy, and biting on hard surfaces. Doing so can damage or loosen the crown. If this happens, contact is right away. A damaged or loose dental crown could expose the underlying tooth to bacteria.
Normal dental hygiene is needed to properly maintain the crown. Brush twice a day and floss daily. Also, visit us for your regular dental exams and cleanings. With proper maintenance, your new dental crown should last about 5 to 10 years.
What is the procedure?
Procedures may vary slightly. In general, the tooth is shaped to receive the crown. Next, the dentist takes a mouth impression to assure accuracy for the custom crown. The impression and dental X-rays are then sent to a laboratory that will create the crown. You will receive a temporary crown in the meantime. In a few weeks, your new crown is ready to be attached. Your dentist will use a special cement to adhere it to the tooth.