What Are Crowns?
Crowns are used to strengthen and improve the shape, size or color of teeth. They can support broken or weak teeth or those with large fillings: provide a smooth, strong, attractively contoured surface for stained, misshapen or otherwise abnormal teeth: and aid in the implementation of bridges and other implants. A dental crown is a restoration that covers or caps a tooth, restoring it to its normal size and shape while strengthening it and improving its appearance. Crowns are necessary when the tooth is broken down to the point where a filling won’t be effective.
A dental crown can be used to:
- Hold a cracked tooth together to prevent further damage
- Cover and support a tooth with a large filling where only a little of the original tooth is left
- Attach a bridge
- Protect a weak tooth from breaking
- Restore a broken tooth
- Cover a discolored or misshapen tooth
- Cover a dental implant
- Place on a tooth that has had root canal therapy.
Your smile matters. Whether you are interested in developing a long-term plan for prevention or you have an immediate concern that needs to be addressed, you can feel good about the care you receive in our Park City general and cosmetic dentistry office. We take time to explain the findings of your examination, and to discuss all possible treatment options with you so you can confidently choose the best approach for your unique needs.
What is the dental crown procedure like?
Before we put in a dental crown, we first have to prepare your tooth. We will remove part of the tooth so the crown can fit in securely and comfortably. The area around your tooth will be numbed throughout the procedure with a local anesthetic.
After the tooth is prepared, we will make an impression of your teeth and gums using a rubber-like material. This will be sent to a laboratory to make your custom crown, which usually takes 1 to 2 weeks. You will be given a temporary dental crown until your permanent crown is ready. Dr. Stevens uses a local dental laboratory in Upland, CA to fabricate the crowns. There is one main advantage in using a local dental laboratory. The dentist can send the patient to the Laboratory to match the shade for unusually difficult shade matches.
Finally, the temporary crown is removed and the new one is cemented onto the tooth.
What are the different types of dental crowns available?
There are several different methods of crown restoration, each using a different crown material.
- Metal crowns are made entirely of a metal alloy that may include gold, silver, palladium, or other elements. Compared with other kinds of crowns, metal crowns preserve more of the tooth structure. They withstand biting and chewing forces well and rarely chip or break. The biggest drawback of metal crowns is the metallic color.
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns can be color-matched to your teeth. Second only to all-ceramic crowns in appearance, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns look like normal teeth. PFM crowns are good in strength for back teeth.
- All-ceramic or all-porcelain crowns provide the best natural color and look of all the dental crowns. Because they are the most cosmetically pleasing, they are usually used for the front teeth. The all ceramic crowns contain a tooth colored underlying material known as Zirconia. The porcelain is on the outer layer.