Have a damaged tooth? A custom dental crown from Chattanooga Family Dentistry can restore your comfort, your bite, and your smile. Our Chattanooga, TN, dentist talks about how crowns are superior to the silver fillings of the past because they can be prone to breakage. A dental crown, on the other hand, can withstand the force of your bite and last for 10 to 12 years with good care.View transcript
[00:00:08.960] If you've ever been to grandmother's house [00:00:10.450] and had a thimble and you put it on your index finger, [00:00:13.520] if you try to put that on your thumb, you can't fit it on your thumb as well. [00:00:16.920] If you whittle your thumb down to look like an index finger [00:00:19.900] that is basically what a crown is. [00:00:21.810] You're basically taking all the protective layer that's around the tooth, [00:00:25.480] the enamel around the side of it, and then you're making an impression [00:00:28.810] to have a crown fabricated in a lab to be placed. [00:00:32.400] A lot of people have had restorations done [00:00:34.058] when they were in middle school or high school [00:00:35.887] that they had the old silver fillings done. [00:00:38.115] Those silver fillings are great, [00:00:39.610] but they can crack and cause the tooth to break down. [00:00:42.330] A lot of times when we have more than three fourths of the tooth broken down, [00:00:46.520] we find that the need for the dental crown occurs [00:00:48.738] because of the fact that it's going to support the tooth [00:00:51.544] more so long-term than with a large filling. [00:00:55.160] Dental crowns don't require any special care than your natural teeth. [00:00:58.200] You still need to floss and brush your teeth as normal. [00:01:00.850] I have seen crowns last 10-12 years on a normal basis [00:01:04.600] and need to be replaced due to color change [00:01:06.986] or they've broken down.