Placing a crown, commonly referred to as a “cap”, on a tooth is a restorative procedure used to bring a tooth back to its normal size, shape, and appearance. A crown also provides strength and support to the tooth restoringit’s proper function. Common reasons for needing a crown include:
- Cover discolored and decayed tooth
- Restore broken tooth
- Protect tooth from decay
- Restore dental implant
- Protect root canal treated tooth from fracture
Once completed, the tooth will be sealed from all surfaces restoring function and allowing your bite to return to a normal, healthy state. The tooth will be protected from decay and normal wear, improving longevity. The appearance of the tooth will also be improved bringing it back to its natural looking state.
Why solid porcelain crowns?
Most new dental crowns are made from a solid piece of modified porcelain material, making them much stronger (fracture resistant) and esthetically more appealing than traditional metal based crowns. They are also more biocompatible with you oral tissues decreasing gum irritation and incidence of gum recession which can occur with metal based crowns. Benefits of solid porcelain crowns include:
- Increased strength, fracture resistance
- Decreased wear on opposing, natural teeth
- No metal sensitivity and gum irritation, decreasing likelihood of gum recession
- Require removal of less tooth structure, preserving more of the natural tooth
Dr. Dekano uses state of the art crowns made from the most biocompatible materials to ensure teeth are restored to a healthy, beautiful state.
The Dental Crowns Procedure
Placing a dental crown on a tooth commonly requires two office visits. During the first visit the tooth is prepared, or shaped, to a proper form and an impression is taken. The impression is sent to a dental lab with proper instructions for fabrication of a crown. During this time a temporary crown is placed on the tooth to provide protection as well as function. When the final, permanent, crown arrives from the lab you will return to the office for delivery. During the second visit, the temporary crown is removed and the permanent crown is placed completing the crown procedure.
Bridge vs. Crown
Whereas a crown is used to restore the function of a single tooth, a bridge is used to restore multiple teeth, including missing teeth. Think of bridge as multiple crowns that are attached to each other. Bridges were usually used to restore a missing tooth in between two existing teeth. This application of bridges has decreased significantly with the advent and improvements of dental implants. Implants are usually a better option for replacing missing teeth than bridges because they do not require preparing the adjacent natural teeth. However, in certain cases bridges still remain a viable options for replacing missing teeth and protecting adjacent teeth.
Consult with Dr. Dekano to see if dental crowns can benefit your oral health and smile.