Our dentists at Star City Dentalmake use of crowns to help protect teeth that have been severely damaged by tooth decay or injury. They help to strengthen teeth that cannot support a filling or other restoration work by covering up the entire exposed surface above the gumline. They can also be used to improve on appearance and help with alignment. By covering the whole damaged tooth, the crown helps to hold the remaining tooth structure together, prevent exposure to further harm.
Crowns can also be used to help facilitate bridges. Where you have tooth loss, a bridge can help fill the missing space but requires support from neighboring teeth. If the teeth are weak or otherwise damaged, fitting a crown first can help make the rest of the process easier.
Types of Crown Materials
There are multiple types of materials to choose from since permanent crowns are made in the lab. Porcelain fused to metal crowns are popular as they can be color-matched to give a natural appearance. All ceramic or all-porcelain options also provide the same benefit and are ideal if you have metal allergies.
Stainless steel crowns are more obvious and are thus mostly used as a temporary cover until a more permanent and natural-looking crown is made in the lab. It is also often used in children with primary teeth that are damaged. It will come out as the primary tooth falls out to make space for the permanent one.
Other metals such as gold, silver, and platinum are often chosen for back teeth as they are quite durable, and rarely chip or break. They bear up well under frequent chewing and biting actions. Their noticeable color is what makes them preferable for back teeth. All resin options are also available for those wanting a cheaper option, but they do tend to be less durable and suffer frequently from cracks and breakage.
The Crowning Guide
Two appointments will be needed, at minimum, for this procedure. During the first visit, our dentist will make an assessment to ensure your tooth can support a crown. Once confirmed, we begin by filing down the natural tooth in preparation for the crown. This must be done earlier so that an impression can be taken and used by the lab to create the permanent crown. If the tooth is severely damaged, we may need to carry out other restorative work like filling it before the crown is placed.
After an impression has been taken, a temporary crown will be placed on the tooth to protect it until the permanent one is ready. During your second appointment, we will check that the crown fits well and is of the desired look. Our dentist will then apply a numbing agent to the area and use a special adhesive to cement the crown to the tooth. As long as the crown fits well, and is well supported by the natural tooth below, it should not take long before you cannot tell the difference.
If you are in need of restoration work that restores function and appearance to damaged or missing teeth, then crowning may be the solution you are looking for. To find out more, contact us, Star City Dental at (531) 220-0044 today.