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How Does a Dental Crown Stay on a Tooth?

Posted in Crowns

A dental crown is a unique and important restoration because of its ability to:

  • Improve the appearance of a tooth
  • Protects the tooth’s structure and chewing capabilities
  • Postpones the need for a root canal
  • Adjusts the balance of a bite

Crowns do a lot! Your dentist may recommend that you have one made for a combination of such reasons. But how do they actually stay in place? Is it as simply as gluing a “cap” onto your tooth?

First of all, your dentist has to remove a bit of tooth material to make room for the crown. Simply seating it directly over your entire tooth would make the crown way too big to fit comfortably with the rest of your bite.

After reshaping the tooth, your dentist makes sure no damaged or infected parts are left behind.

Next, your tooth needs to be scanned or molded with an impression. With this record, your dentist or a lab can design a crown that fits comfortably with the other teeth.

You might have to wait a little while for your finished crown to be made. Your dentist will place a temporary one in the meantime. After the permanent crown arrives, it will be carefully glued onto your prepared tooth with a special cement.

Help Your Crown Stay Put

Once your crown is seated and cemented, it’s not going anywhere. Many crowns made of metal, porcelain, gold, and ceramic can last for decades. It’s up to you to keep the tooth healthy enough to support the crown for just as long! Flossing is completely safe.

Learn more about the dental crown process by visiting your local dental office for a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
(770) 475-6767

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