Dental Crowns & Fixed Bridges in Prairieville, LA
If you have unsightly broken, stained, or significantly decayed teeth then dental crowns can help you regain a natural looking smile.
Crowns, also commonly called “Caps”, are used to protect teeth and replace missing tooth structure that has been lost due to severe decay or physical trauma. They can also be used to dramatically improve your smile if you have spacing, crowded, or crooked, uneven teeth. Crowns not only protect individual teeth, but also can help to preserve or improve your jaw’s correct alignment.
What is a Dental Crown?
A crown is a protective restoration that completely covers and protects the underlying tooth structure. Before a crown is placed the tooth being restored is repaired, if necessary, and then shaped in such a way as to provide the necessary space for the crown to fit over the tooth. A crown fits all the way to the gum line and, once cemented or bonded into place, is cleaned and cared for the same as any other tooth.
Why Would I Need a Dental Crown?
Crowns are used to restore and protect teeth that have been cracked, broken, or otherwise damaged due to trauma or severe decay. They are especially useful when protecting back teeth that have had root canals (and are brittle as a result) or those teeth that have very little original tooth structure remaining. Crowns are also useful to improve the appearance of gaps, crowded or uneven teeth, or those teeth with some sort of intrinsic stain, such as tetracycline staining.
What are Dental Crowns Made From?
Crowns can be made from several different materials, each with their own set of advantages. Usually, we’ll use a crown that is covered with porcelain or one that is made entirely of porcelain, as these crowns are the most esthetically pleasing. All metal crowns are the most durable and require less tooth reduction to be made. These are a good choice for restoring back molars on people with extremely short teeth. We’ll explain your options and let you choose the type of crown that you prefer.
How Long do Crowns Last?
Like all other restorations, the life expectancy of crowns varies greatly from one individual to the next and is affected significantly by your oral habits. Activities such as biting your nails, eating ice, grinding your teeth, and using your teeth to open packages or cut things have a definite negative impact on the life of your crowns. Regular dental hygiene appointments and good oral hygiene habits are also very important. In general, you can expect a crown to last anywhere from five to fifteen years.
What’s Involved in Having a Crown Made?
First, any decay is removed from the tooth and any holes are filled in with a build up material.Next, the tooth is properly shaped and room is made for the crown to cover the tooth on all sides. After the proper shape is obtained, an impression is taken and sent to the lab to be used for fabrication.
Before you leave the office, we’ll make and place a temporary crown that you’ll wear for 2-3 weeks until the permanent crown is ready for insertion.Once the permanent crown is fully adjusted, it is cemented or bonded into place and can be treated as any other natural tooth.
Fixed bridges are similar to having a tooth prepared for a crown. The difference here, is that at least one tooth on each side of the space has to be prepared so that there is room to cement the bridge over the two prepared teeth. A prosthetic tooth, or teeth, fills in the gap and gives the appearance of a natural tooth.