Many factors cause dental damage. Extensive decay, oral trauma, multiple fillings, infection and even congenital factors may leave teeth weak and discolored. However, today's restorative dental procedures save many failing teeth. One of the most common and effective is the dental crown. Placed by Federal Way, WA dentist, Dr. Todd Yoshino, dental crowns make weak teeth strong, beautiful and functional again. Read about them here.
How crowns work
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped restorations which cover and protect failing or misshapen teeth. Customized for the unique needs of the patient according to oral impressions, a crown is fabricated from:
- Porcelain fused to metal (PFM)
- Composite resin (the same material used in tooth-colored fillings)
Today's material of choice usually is porcelain because of its natural appearance, durability, and suitability in most locations in the mouth. If you need a crown, your Federal Way dentist will help you decide which material would work best.
Getting a crown
Dr. Yoshino takes oral impressions and devises a treatment plan for the dental lab to follow. Also, he prepares the tooth by removing enamel, shaping the remaining healthy portion to receive the restoration. Some teeth require posts or other augmentation so they are sufficiently strong and stable. Additionally, most patients wear temporary caps while their permanent restorations are crafted.
To place the permanent crown, Dr. Yoshino removes the temporary and uses a special adhesive to bond the new one securely over the natural tooth structure. He makes sure the fit is right and that the restored tooth bites together properly with the opposite arch.
Keeping a crown
The lifespan of a dental crown varies, with wear and tear as a big determining factor. Crowns can last about ten years or even more, but wearers must be careful to:
- Floss daily and brush twice a day to keep the area around the crown as clean as possible
- Avoid hard foods and non-food items (don't open bottles or packages with your teeth)
- Wear a bite guard at night if you habitually grind or clench your teeth
These rules apply to all crowns, including those used to restore dental implants or to support fixed bridgework.
Enjoy a complete, beautiful and durable smile. You can with dental crowns from your Federal Way, WA dentist, Dr. Yoshino. Phone his office today to arrange your personal consultation and get all your questions answered. Call (253) 815-0441.