A dental crown is similar to a cap that covers a broken, cracked, or infected tooth. A crown completely encapsulates the tooth or implant, and allows the tooth to be restored.
Crowns are permanent, and are fixed onto the teeth. They are not removable like other devices such as dentures. Crowns are cemented on, and can last anywhere between 5 to 15 years. This depends on the wear and tear on the crown and how the patient cares for their teeth. Typically, with good oral hygiene crowns can last anywhere from 25-30 years.
Temporary crowns are used in certain procedures, and these can be removed once the permanent crown is ready to be installed. Crowns can be worn down with wear and tear or from teeth grinding. If you grind your teeth or have bruxism, there is a chance your crown may have to be replaced at some point during the life of the crown. Any chips or cracks should be addressed right away. If you notice any wear and tear, please contact our office immediately and we will assist you in caring for you crown.
Crowns are a great way to save a tooth and help teeth look natural again. They are customized to match your teeth shape and color, and look natural in the mouth.
If you are interested in finding out more about crowns, contact Austin 3D Dental today to schedule your appointment.