If your dental crown breaks, do you need to replace it?
Yes. Here’s why:
- The tooth is compromised and could sustain additional weakening
- The tooth is vulnerable to decay
- It could damage the opposing tooth
- It could cause problems with your bite
Birmingham endodontists, cosmetic dentists, and urgent care dentists use dental crowns (sometimes called caps) in many restorative treatments.
Dental crowns serve many purposes:
- A crown adds durability to a tooth that has a large filling or has been injured
- A crown can fix bite misalignments in some situations.
- A crown is usually needed after a root canal
- Attaching the crown to the abutment is the final step for dental implants
- Crowns used to improve the look of teeth: yellow teeth, stained teeth, too-small teeth, and teeth that are misshapen
What are dental crowns made of?
Dental crowns are produced from a variety of materials that vary in appearance and strength:
- All ceramic (porcelain-based)
- Porcelain fused to metal
- Gold alloys
- Base metal alloys
Your dentist can help you establish which type is right for you. Factors to consider are the location of the crown in the mouth, your budget, and any allergies to metal. When many Birmingham dentists provide a crown restoration, they use a process that requires two office visits. On the first visit, the dentist will prepare the tooth and take an impression for the dental lab. Then, they will provide a temporary crown for the patient to use until the permanent crown is ready.
Some dentists have CEREC technology that allows them to fabricate and place crowns in one visit.
Dental crowns can last for many years but are not designed to last indefinitely. Even with proper care, dental patients should not expect crowns to be trouble-free for decades. A 2009 study found that more than 90% of dental crowns do not require treatment within five years of placement. The study also found that 50% to 80% last from 15 to 20 years. (Source)
At Koch Aesthetic Dentistry – The Dental Spa in Birmingham, we replace broken dental crowns and treat other urgent dental issues.
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