Dental Crowns in Grand Rapids, Kentwood, East Grand Rapids, MI
Crowns are full coverage restorations that are used to cover a tooth that is likely to break, or is too broken down to be restored with a filling. They are commonly done after root canal treatment, or when a large filling wears out. The larger the hole made by a cavity that has to be treated, the more likely a crown will be needed. Even after a filling is put in a large cavity, a tooth is more likely to break. Keep in mind that the jaw muscles are the strongest in the human body. Teeth are subjected to tremendous pressures. In East Grand Rapids, Dr. Zweir places crowns for many patients.
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How do teeth crowns in Grand Rapids work?
Crowns ride over the weakened tooth, providing strength and protecting the tooth against breakage. A broken or cracked tooth is a far more serious matter and much more difficult to treat. Crowns prevent this, as well as making for a nice smile. It takes two appointments for Dr. Zwier to restore a tooth with a crown. In East Grand Rapids dentistry, decay is removed from the tooth and then is shaped to accept the crown. Then an impression is made of the tooth for use in fabricating a crown. Between the two visits the crown is made, usually of high-strength porcelain over gold alloy, all ceramic porcelain material, or gold. During this time a temporary crown is worn. In the second visit this temporary is removed. Then the permanent crown is adjusted as needed and then cemented in place. Dr Zweir, as a certified East Grand Rapids dentist, can guide you through each process; you can trust him as your guide with all dentistry needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are dental crowns permanent?
Dental crowns are fixed restorations made of prosthetics that restore a damaged tooth to its original shape and size. They are permanently cemented onto the teeth to improve a tooth that has cracked, become decayed, or has another form of extensive damage.
Can I get a cavity under a crown?
Under the crown that is attached to the tooth, there is an area known as the margin. This area of the tooth is still vulnerable to cavities. It is important to properly clean so cavities do not form.
Can a dental crown fall off?
It is possible for a dental crown to come loose and fall. It can happen for a variety of reasons. Call Dr. Zwier immediately if your crown falls off.
How can I protect my dental crown?
After receiving a dental crown, you will need to take proper care of it to protect the crown from damage. Some ways to protect the crown are to maintain good oral hygiene, stop grinding your teeth, avoid chewing on hard objects, and make sure to clean between the teeth.
Can you use mouthwash with crowns?
With a dental crown, it is important to take proper care of the teeth and crown. This includes brushing, flossing, and using an antibacterial mouth wash to treat the area around the crown.
How long after a crown is cemented can I eat?
After getting your crown, you should wait at least one hour before eating. Also, you should avoid hard or sticky foods for a few hours.
Does flossing loosen a crown?
When you have a crown, it is important to learn how to floss properly. You should thread the floss through the gum line near the crown instead of pulling up to avoid potentially loosening the crown.
What can you not eat with a crown?
A crown is meant to be permanent and there is no strict diet that comes with having a crown. It is important to be aware of certain foods. Eating hard and crunchy foods less often can be beneficial for a long-lasting crown.
How long do dental crowns last?
Dental crowns can be long-lasting when properly taken care of. The average lifespan of a dental crown is around 15 years. However, many patients have dental crowns that last for upwards of 25 years.