Linda Jones-Laper, DDS

Family Dentist & General Dentist located in Elkridge, MD

If you have a broken or damaged tooth, you may need to have a crown placed. As a gentle and caring dentist with an office filled with state-of-the-art equipment and top-of-the-line materials, Linda Jones-Laper, DDS, PC, in Elkridge, Maryland, can place a crown with efficiency and ease. Call the office today to schedule an appointment or use the online booking agent.

Crowns Q & A

What is a crown?

A crown is a tooth-shaped cover for your damaged or decayed tooth. It’s also sometimes referred to as a cap. There are several types of dental issues that may require a crown, including:

  • A broken or chipped tooth
  • A severely decayed tooth
  • To hold together a broken tooth
  • To cover a discolored or misshapen tooth

Crowns are also sometimes used as posts to help keep a bridge in place.

What types of crowns are available?

There are a number of types of crowns available, differentiated by the material they’re made from. These materials include:

  • Zirconia
  • Ceramic
  • Metal
  • Porcelain

For aesthetic purposes, most people prefer zirconia, ceramic, or porcelain crowns to metal ones. However, metal crowns are more durable.

Dr. Jones-Laper may need to place a temporary crown until she’s able to create a permanent one. Temporary crowns are usually made of plastic or metal. Before placing the temporary crown, she takes a mold of your tooth to create your permanent crown.

Crown longevity depends on oral care and the type of crown, but it can last as long as 40 years.

How is a crown placed?

To place your permanent crown, Dr. Jones-Laper must first get the area ready by creating a post, either by filing down your remaining tooth or inserting a post-and-core foundation if there isn’t enough of the tooth to build from.

Once the area is ready, Dr. Jones-Laper cements your permanent crown in place, covering the post.

What happens after a crown is placed?

After Dr. Jones-Laper places your crown, you may feel some sensitivity. However, if you have severe pain or feel your bite is off, call the office right away to have your crown looked at and adjusted if necessary.

Crowns are durable and safe from decay, but you still need to floss around the tooth and brush twice a day to prevent gum problems. Dr. Jones-Laper may also recommend a fluoride mouth rinse to protect the teeth.

If your crown becomes loose or falls out, it’s important to come in and see Dr. Jones-Laper so she can cement it back into place. Crowns may also chip, especially porcelain crowns, but Dr. Jones-Laper can fix that fairly quickly at her office.

If you need a crown, call Dr. Jones-Laper’s office today or book an appointment online.