A crown is a protective covering that encases the entire tooth to restore it to its natural shape and size. A crown may be the right choice for you if you need to restore and protect a tooth that is mis-shaped, overly filled, decayed, severely discolored, worn, cracked, broken and cannot be fixed with fillings or other types of restorations. Crowns are also used to cover a dental implant and teeth that have undergone root canal therapy.
Types of Crowns
There are three types of crowns: full porcelain, full-metal/gold, and porcelain-fused-to-metal. The proper crown for you will be determined by you and Dr. Meyer. All crowns are permanent and with proper care can last between 5 and 15 years.
These types of crowns are created and applied in two visits. During the first visit, Dr Meyer uses a putty-like material to make a mold/impression of your teeth for the crown to be fabricated in a laboratory and then applies a temporary crown to protect your tooth/implant and gums. At the second visit, your permanent crown is bonded to your tooth/dental implant.
How should I care for my temporary crown?
Because temporary dental crowns are just that — a temporary fix until a permanent crown is ready — we suggest a few precautions:
*Avoid sticky, chewy foods (for example, chewing gum, caramel), which have the potential of grabbing and pulling off the crown.
*Minimize use of the area of your mouth where the temporary crown is placed. Shift the bulk of your chewing to the other side of the mouth.
*Avoid chewing hard foods (such as raw vegetables), which could dislodge or break the temporary crown.
*When flossing, slide out the side, rather than lifting up/down-when cleaning your teeth. Lifting the floss up/down, as you normally would, might pull off the temporary crown.
*Home care instructions of the permanent crown will be given when it is permanently inserted.