Although oftentimes the case is general tooth decay, there’s a variety of reasons your teeth might weaken, crack, or break. Old fillings deteriorating over time, grinding your teeth at night, over- and under-bites causing uneven stress on teeth, and aging all contribute to the slow weakening of your teeth. Sometimes, dental trauma (like falling or being hit) will instantly cause a crack or break — consult one of our emergency dentists immediately if this happens to you.
Depending on the severity of the crack or break, conditions on the surface of your existing tooth and its surrounding teeth, and previous dental applications, one of our staff may prescribe the use of crowns to restore your smile.
In the event that an old filling has decayed and fallen out and the resulting cavity is too large to simply replace the filling — and the root is still healthy and intact — your dentist will likely recommend a crown to cover these damages.
If the surrounding teeth are intact and stable, crowns can even be used to replace an entire missing tooth by creating a dental bridge. Basically, this entails a crown being suspended and secured between two other crowns affixed to the top of your healthy teeth. However, a dental implant may be recommended as bridges often requires grinding down the healthy, adjacent teeth in order to properly secure the bridge.
Getting your crown placed will typically involve two appointments at our dental office in Midtown.
At your first visit, the dentist reviews a full mouth series of x-rays to determine your gum condition, root stability, and any hidden cracks in your teeth. After comfortably numbering the area with a local anesthetic, your dentist carefully reshapes your tooth for the proper fitting of a crown. If a significant portion of your tooth is missing, your dentist uses a bonded resin to add critical support under your crown.
Next, your dentist takes an impression of the reshaped tooth and the teeth that bite against it. We send these impressions to a lab so they can craft your new crown. We make a temporary crown that’s cemented over your prepared tooth.
In 2-3 weeks, you return for your second visit and your new crown. After removing your temporary crown, we check the fit and appearance of your permanent crown. Within a few minutes, your new crown is cemented, and you’re ready to enjoy it right away!
Although permanent dental crowns do not require any special care instructions, it is important to continue with good oral hygiene practices to ensure that further decay and gum disease don’t occur. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day, paying special attention to where the crown meets the gums, and rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash will help extend the life of your crown.
Dental crowns made of porcelain material can sometimes chip. If the chip is minor, a composite resin can be used to repair the chip without removing the crown from your mouth. However, if the chip is extensive, the dental crown may need to be replaced.
There are several factors that affect the longevity of your dental crowns. Such factors include where the dental crown is placed in the mouth and the oral care that is practiced to maintain it. The average lifespan of dental crowns varies between 10 to 30 years when properly cared for.
Although permanent dental crowns do not require any special care instructions, it is important to continue with good oral hygiene practices to ensure that further decay and gum disease don’t occur. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day, paying special attention to where the crown meets the gum line, and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash will help extend the life of your crown.
One of the most common and practical methods for fixing a cracked, broken, or missing tooth is through the application of a dental crown. This “cap,” shaped and custom-made to fit over your tooth, restores its appearance while simultaneously providing support and strengthening its structural integrity.
Depending on the severity of the crack or break, conditions on the surface of the existing tooth and its surrounding teeth, a dental crown may be used to restore the damage. Dental crowns may also be used in the event that an old filling has decayed or fallen out and, if the surrounding teeth are healthy and intact, they may be used to replace an entire missing tooth.
If you’re suffering from a decaying, cracked, broken, or missing tooth, don’t wait to schedule your first appointment. Request a free consultation where we’ll discuss your problem teeth, potential treatment plans, dental crown cost, and health insurances we accept. There’s no better time than the present to get you on your way to restoring that beautiful smile! Call our midtown cosmetic dentist office at (347)727-0806 or book your appointment online today.Schedule an Appointment