Dental crowns--sometimes called "caps"--restore teeth damaged by decay, oral injury, congenital malformation and multiple fillings. Known for pleasing aesthetics, crowns strengthen teeth.They cover teeth from gum line to crown and may be used to support traditional fixed bridgework or finish dental implants.
At Frost Family Dental in Metairie, LA, crowns from Dr. Lawrence A. Frost III function just like completely natural teeth. Made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, metal alloy or gold (the strongest material), crowns serve patients reliably for 15 to 20 years or more with good at-home brushing and flossing and regular check-ups and cleanings with Dr. Frost and his team.
Placing a Crown in Metairie
Your tooth must be healthy enough to receive a dental crown, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. If abscessed, or infected in the interior pulp chamber, Dr. Frost may perform root canal therapy to save the tooth from extraction and then cover it with a crown. Dr. Frost determines the viability of the tooth with visual inspection and digital x-rays.
Then, the dentist removes the decay and old fillings. This sometimes requires a pain shot to make the patient completely comfortable. He takes an oral impression to send to an outside dental lab. At the lab, the technician uses the impression and the dentist's instructions to custom-make the crown.
At the next dental appointment, Dr. Frost removes the temporary crown and cements the permanent restoration in place. He ensures the restored tooth fits properly and bites with the opposing arch correctly.
Placing a Fixed Bridge
Fixed bridgework spans a gap comprised of one or more missing teeth in a row. Pontics, or artificial, teeth affix to dental crowns on both sides of the smile gap. The dentist grinds down the anchoring teeth to receive the caps, takes impressions and sends information to the dental lab. He bonds the finished appliance in place and adjusts the fit and bite as necessary. As with single crowns, fixed bridgework needs consistently good brushing and flossing to reach or exceed its expected lifespan. Of course, see Dr. Frost every 6 months or as needed to keep your restored smile intact and dazzling.
Do You Need a Crown?
Don't give up on a damaged tooth and extract it. Explore the possibility of a crown instead. Contact Frost Family Dental for a restorative dentistry consultation. Phone (504) 833-2500.