So what is a crown?
When teeth are no longer able to perform basic functions like chewing they will either have to be removed or replaced. It’s always more advantageous to replace a tooth rather than just have it removed. If the base of a tooth is still viable but the crown has deteriorated past the point that it can be salvaged, we can simply craft a new crown that will give you back the ability to eat and speak regularly. The new crown will even mimic the aesthetic of your tooth so well that no one will be able to tell the difference between it and your real teeth.
What Dental Crowns AreWhen we talk about the crown of the tooth we are referring to the part of the tooth above the gum line. There are two basic parts of a tooth – the root (below the gum) and the crown (above the gum). We can produce crown restorations from a variety of different materials depending on what the desired effects are.
Typically, crowns are made for molars and pre-molars but there are exceptions.
Crown MaterialsCrowns can be made of a wide variety of materials, each boasting their own unique properties and aesthetic. Depending on what you are looking to achieve and what is needed to replace the crown of your tooth, we can help to advise you on which of the following materials will be best for you:
All-PorcelainTeeth that are closer to the front of the mouth, and cosmetic dental appliances like veneers are often made out of porcelain. Porcelain is aesthetically a very beautiful material and it is decently strong.
Porcelain Fused to MetalThere are a few different kinds of crowns that are made of an amalgamation of materials. Porcelain fused to metal is a classic and common amalgamation of materials. Metal provides the base, underlying layer of the crown that gives it the strength it needs to fill in for the molars. Molars experience tremendous amounts of bite pressure when we chew our food, so metal is a great material to use for a molar restoration. Porcelain is placed over the metal and baked onto it, giving it a beautiful look and the coloration of a natural tooth.
GoldGold is a very interesting restoration option because of how well it mimics the structural integrity of teeth and because of how long it lasts. Gold is a fantastic option for those who are known to grind their teeth – why? Because gold is durable and soft. Many people enjoy the aesthetic of gold over that of a natural looking restoration.
The ProcedureIt usually takes two appointments to our office to have a crown placed. During the first appointment we will take a mold of your tooth to be used to build a crown restoration for you. We will also prepare your tooth to receive the crown by shaving off a portion of the enamel during the first appointment. The first appointment will be done when we place a temporary crown over the tooth.
During the second appointment we will place the permanent crown on your tooth and ensure it fits well and looks natural.
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