Why Do You Need a Dental Crown and How to Get the Best Experience with One?
A dental crown is a type of prosthetic that is fixed to your tooth, designed to protect and support it. With a good set of dental crowns, you never have to worry about your teeth further losing their structural integrity or being weakened.
At our clinic you have a local dentist that will provide you with the best possible experience with crowns, and who will make sure to use the best and safest practices when setting up your dental crown.
About Ceramic or Porcelain Crowns
A crown can be extremely useful when you have weakened, fractured or damaged teeth. While, in some cases, we will have to check to see if your teeth might require a bridge instead of a porcelain or ceramic crown, you’ll find the evaluation process to be quite straightforward, so we can quickly move on to filling your tooth down, preparing it for the crown.
Crowns are used mainly to strengthen damaged teeth and improve their appearance. They are either designed to simply cap your tooth, or cover it entirely. In some cases, crowns can also be placed on top of implants for improved appearance, and some types of crowns can also be adjusted to match the natural color of your teeth.
There are multiple types of crowns you can consider. Stainless steel crowns are sometimes used by general practitioners, however, in the world of cosmetic dentistry we mostly use either a porcelain tooth crown or a ceramic dental crown. Both these options have their own pros and cons, and it will be up to our evaluation of your teeth whether or not your specific case would rather require one or the other.
What Would a Dental Crown be Needed?
Although used commonly for strengthening weakened teeth, crowns can also have many other important uses that we have to be aware of:
• Restoring a fractured tooth or improving the appearance of a poorly shaped tooth can both be done with dental crowns.
• When the tooth is so heavily damaged that there isn’t much of it left, a crown can be used to replace a dental filling.
• Additional uses of a dental crown also include attaching a dental bridge, covering an implant or covering a tooth that was subjected to root canal treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions: Dental Crowns
Q: Are there any stronger materials for making crowns?
A: Sometimes gold and various metal alloys can be used that are stronger than porcelain. They may be recommended for back teeth in certain cases.
Q: How are crowns made?
A: After examining your teeth, we determine which type of material to use, and we send all the necessary specifications to the dental lab. There, your crown will be prepared, after which it is sent directly to our clinic.
Q: How long do most crowns last?
A: Most crowns last several decades or even an entire lifetime, depending on the workmanship. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy and practicing good oral hygiene will maximize its lifespan.
Q: How do I know if I need a bridge or a crown?
A: Ultimately, your appointment and our evaluation will decide. However, in most cases, bridges are only required when the damage is extensive, and you are missing several teeth. Otherwise, a dental crown can suffice in many of the aforementioned cases.