Dental crowns are caps that are made in the shape of a tooth and provide protection for a cracked tooth, or one with a large filling. Dental crowns can be made of different materials such as stainless steel or ceramic, which look more natural and approximates the color of actual teeth. Once a dental crown has been cemented into place, over a portion or entire tooth, it covers the tooth down to the gum line. Since they’re made of very hard materials, dental crowns are great at protecting teeth from ordinary wear-and-tear, as well as from tooth decay.
Same-day dental crowns In the past, it was typical for a dental crown to require two or three visits before completion. This allowed the dentist to take an image of the damaged tooth and surrounding area, then provide the patient with a temporary crown, which could protect the tooth, while a permanent crown was being produced at a lab, usually several days later. At HollowBrook Dental, we understand that people have very busy lives and offer same-day dental crowns.
Using high-tech CAD/CAM technology, which includes the necessary camera, computer, and milling operation all in a single machine, we can create a permanent dental crown in an hour or two. Not only is this a tremendous time-saver for our patients, but also limits any discomfort to a single office visit. It also costs less to complete everything in a single visit.
Avoid the Need for Crowns. There are a number of practical steps you can take to avoid the need for a dental crown altogether. One of the most important steps is to treat any cavities right away. When cavities get too large, they can’t be managed with a filling, and may then require a dental crown. Brushing and flossing regularly will keep your teeth healthy and minimize the likelihood that a crown will ever be needed.
If you’re an athlete, you should always wear a mouth guard when playing contact sports, since your teeth can be chipped, cracked, or broken during play. It is also a poor decision to use your teeth as a utility instrument, like opening packaging or bottles.
Follow good oral health practices, and protecting your teeth during recreation times and you will lower your chances ever needing a dental crown.