Dental crowns are designed to protect and strengthen teeth while also correcting cosmetic defects like deep discoloration. Also called a cap, a dental crown can be applied in two visits at Gentilly Family Dental, LLC, a top general dentistry practice in New Orleans. Dr. Ambrose Martin III is skilled in crown placement, helping patients prevent further damage while restoring the look of their beautiful smile. To learn more about crowns, including how they’re applied and the materials used, call the office or use our online system to schedule an office visit today.
What are crowns?
A dental crown (sometimes called a cap) is a protective covering that’s placed over the entire visible portion of the tooth, all the way down to the gum line. Crowns are made of durable materials designed to protect the underlying tooth and can be tinted to match your neighboring teeth so they blend in and look completely natural.
Crowns are very versatile, and have several important applications:
The application of a crown usually takes two office visits. At your first appointment, Dr. Martin removes the damaged part of the tooth and prepares your tooth for the crown. This process involves removing some of the tooth’s surface material to make room for the crown. Next, he makes an impression of your tooth. The impression serves as a model that the dental lab uses to create the final crown so it looks natural and fits comfortably. Then, he places a temporary crown over the tooth to protect it.
At the second office visit, Dr. Martin removes the temporary crown, cleans the tooth surface, and applies the permanent crown, gently shaping it so it fits perfectly and feels comfortable. During the fitting, you are asked to bite down on the crown to ensure the crown “meshes” with your other teeth so your bite balance is maintained. A very strong adhesive is used to ensure the crown has a secure fit.
A dental crown can last for many years -- typically more than a decade -- as long as it’s cared for properly. That means brushing and flossing regularly and visiting our office twice a year for regular cleanings and checkups -- the same care you provide for the rest of your teeth. Of course, you should avoid chewing or biting on very hard substances like ice or hard candy to prevent chipping your crown (and your natural teeth, too).
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