A crown is a cap or covering for your tooth. They are usually needed when the tooth is badly decayed, has a very large filling, or is fractured and part of the tooth is missing. Dr. Howell has three years of additional full time advanced training in restorative and prosthetic dentistry that aides him in choosing the right restoration for you your smile.
Commonly Asked Questions:
What will a crown do for me?
A crown can protect your tooth from breaking, can provide a good chewing surface, stabilize your bite, improve your appearance, and help you avoid future dental problems. However, you should know that not all crowns are created equal. The quality of a crown depends on the skill of your dentist, the skill of the laboratory technicians, and the quality of the materials used to make the crown. Also, your experience is important to us; we want you to be comfortable, we value your time, and we want you to understand what we are doing.
What kinds of crowns are there?
There are many different types of crowns available made with many different dental materials. All gold crowns are very conservative and long lasting. All ceramic crowns are beautiful and cosmetic. There are other choices too. Many things influence which type of crown is right for you. Dr. Howell would be happy to discuss all options for you.
How do I take care of my crown?
Many times a crown can last for 10-15 years if properly cared for. A crown covers the tooth at the top, but the connection between the crown and tooth root is at risk for tooth decay. In fact, decay is the most common cause for a crown failing. Routine brushing, flossing, and sometimes rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash can be helpful in maintaining the crown’s integrity. Regular checkups and cleanings are essential.