A dental crown (sometimes referred to as a “cap”) is a tooth-shaped cover that is placed over a tooth to protect, strengthen and improve the tooth’s appearance. When cemented into place, a dental crown becomes the tooth’s new outer surface, completely encasing the entire visible portion of a tooth beginning at the gumline.
Who Should Consider Getting a Crown?
If you have one or more teeth that are chipped, misshapen, discolored or weakened from decay or large fillings, you may be a good candidate for dental crowns.
What Are The Benefits of Dental Crowns?
The benefits of dental crowns include:
* Teeth that are evenly shaped and pleasing to look at, * Stronger teeth * Whiter, brighter and more evenly-colored teeth * A more beautiful smile * Improved self-confidence and overall appearance.
When Are Dental Crowns Recommended?
Your dentist may recommend you consider getting a dental crown when:
1) You have a tooth that needs to be rebuilt, reshaped or strengthened following a root canal procedure; 2) You have a tooth that is severely decayed and cannot be adequately repaired or restored with a filling; 3) You have discolored teeth and would like to replace them with whiter, brighter teeth; 4) You have a tooth that has been chipped or damaged; 5) You have a misshapen tooth. 6) A crown will help to hold a bridge or denture in place.
How are Crowns Different From Bridges or Veneers?
A bridge is a prosthetic tooth that is used to replace a missing tooth between two adjacent teeth, whereas a crown is a cover that is placed over an existing tooth to protect, restore or improve the appearance of an existing tooth.
A veneer is a dental cosmetic procedure that improves the appearance of a tooth by replacing the front cover of the tooth (the portion of the tooth that you see when you smile.) A crown, on the other hand, encases the entire tooth (both the front and the back of the tooth).
What Materials Are Crowns Made Of?
Crowns may be made from a variety of materials including:
All porcelain Porcelain fused to metal Metal alloy CEREC (ceramic) Zirconia
What Are the Pros and Cons of Different Crown Materials?
* All Porcelain Crowns
Crowns made of porcelain closely resemble one’s natural teeth, and can be colored to blend well with the natural color of surrounding teeth. Porcelain crowns can be shaped and molded to exact measurements for a comfortable fit within the mouth.
* Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns
Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crown restorations are longer-lasting and and more durable and all-porcelain or ceramic crowns. Only all-metal crowns are superior in longevity and durability. regard.) PFM crowns can also offer a more precise and more comfortable fit over each tooth than an all-ceramic or all-porcelain crown.
* Metal Alloy Crowns
Metal crowns are never made of 100% gold, silver or other metal because no one metal offers all the needed qualities of strength, wear-resistance and resistance to tarnish or corrosion. Gold alloy crowns are comprised of gold, copper and other metals, provide a strong material that adheres to the tooth, is wear-resistant and fracture-resistant. and does not wear away the teeth it comes in contact with. Gold alloy crowns are highly biocompatible with gum tissue.
While metal alloy crowns are the most durable and long-lasting of all crown materials, their drawback is that they are not made of a natural-looking material and so they do not blend naturally in appearance with other teeth.
* CEREC Crowns
CEREC is an acronym that stands forChairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic. CEREC crowns can be created and fitted during a single dental appointment, eliminating the need for temporary crowns and return trips to the dentist. Using special computer modeling software and a separate milling machine located within the dentist’s own office, the dentist can create a customized 3-D model of your crown that will fit your tooth properly, and then create an all-ceramic, tooth-colored restoration that is ready to bond in place.Your dentist will work to ensure that the CEREC crown fits your tooth and bite properly, and make any needed adjustments during a single dental appointment. Your tooth is restored with the CEREC crown with no "temporary" or return trip necessary. All of this is done in a single appointment! Ask us about CEREC today.
How Long Do Crowns Last?
How long a crown lasts depends on many factors, including the material it is made from and how well it is cared for. With good oral hygiene and proper care, most crowns will last at least 7-10 years, and possibly longer.
What is the Procedure for Getting a Crown?
Porcelain, Porcelain-Fused Metal Crowns and Metal Alloy Crowns typically require two separate appointments, scheduled about 2 weeks apart.
During the first appointment, your dentist will prepare and shape the tooth. Besides reducing the overall size of your tooth, your dentist must also trim it so it has a specific shape. The tooth must be given a slightly tapered form, so the crown (a hard object that can't flex) can be slipped over it.
Once the dentist has prepared and shaped the tooth, s/he will take the tooth’s impression, which will be used to create a properly-fitting new crown, and place a temporary crown over the tooth.
The time needed to perform these preparatory steps can range from 30 minutes to an hour.
It takes about two weeks for a dental laboratory to fabricate the new crown.
During the second dental appointment, the dentist will cement the finished crown into place. This step usually takes only about 20 minutes or so.
How Much Do Crowns Cost?
The cost of crowns depend on the number of crowns needed and the crown material selected.
To find out whether crowns are right for you, give Mid-Del Complete Dental Care a call today at 405-622-8748. We will be happy to evaluate your personal needs and discuss your options.
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