A dental crown is a prosthetic device that can be attached onto existing teeth. You may also have heard dental crowns referred to as ‘caps’. These prosthetics are a reliable way to strengthen the structure of a damaged tooth and provide a strong chewing surface that is modeled after the original tooth.
Just like the enamel in our teeth, plaque can eat away at the material in the crown and the materials can naturally degrade over time. In these instances the dental crown material can wear out and require replacement.
Most professional crowns last between 5-15 years. A crown replacement can help with combating problems when you experience:
- Wear and tear that no longer allows for a consistent bite
- A crown damaging nearby teeth
- Crown related pain or discomfort
- Crown damage
The Crown Replacement Procedure
An existing crown is not always easy to repair. In most instances a full crown replacement or cap replacement is needed.
The stages of crown replacement include removing the existing crown, taking an impression to determine the shape of the new crown, a fitting appointment, a temporary crown replacement and a final procedure to cement the new crown in place.
The main materials that are used in the construction of a crown are either resin, stainless steel, ceramic, porcelain or gold. The materials that make up most of the crown usually depend on the area in the mouth where the crown or cap replacement is required along with cosmetic considerations and the preference of the patient.
Why Replace a Crown
Replacing a crown can strengthen your ability to chew, ensure that your teeth don’t shift over time, reduce associated discomfort and improve desired cosmetics.
Taking care of a crown or cap is nearly as easy as taking care of your regular teeth. While you should not chew hard foods directly on a crown, regular care includes seeing a dentist and brushing/flossing the area just as you would do with your other teeth.
Contact Westend Dental today for an appointment if you have an existing crown or cap that you think might require replacement.