A dental crown is a cap on a damaged tooth to protect, restore, and cover the shape of the tooth after fillings have not solved the problem. A dental crown is vital for weak teeth and those that have undergone root canal treatment. Crowns are made of ceramics, metals, porcelain, and resin. Dental crowns require good oral hygiene in order to last. At our Smiles of Groton office, our experts will examine your teeth and decide on the best solution for your case.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Teeth can be injured for a variety of causes, including dental decay or trauma. The size and form of the teeth deteriorate. Dental crowns are artificial tooth-shaped caps that are affixed to the tops of the teeth. The dental crown restores the tooth's form, size, and even look.
Why Do I Need a Dental Crown?
One might need a dental crown for several reasons such as to protect a weak tooth from decay or breakage, and keep it together if it's cracked. If you need to restore a broken tooth or a worn-down tooth, then a crown is vital. A dental crown is useful in offering support to a tooth with a large filing. When one has dental bridges, they are held by a crown. Crowns are good for covering discolored teeth or dental implants. A crown is also used to cover a tooth treated with a root canal.
What Are Dental Crowns Made Of?
Dental crowns are made of different materials. Crowns made of metal rarely break and such metals include palladium, chromium, nickel, and gold. Metal crowns are good at resisting biting and chewing forces and are best suited for molars since they are out of sight.
Dental crowns are also made of porcelain fused with metal and are made to match the color of the teeth. Porcelain crowns look more like your natural tooth color.
There are dental crowns made from resin, which are not as expensive as other crowns.
All-porcelain and all-ceramic crowns give the best color match compared to other crowns. These crowns are good if you have metal allergies and are ideal for the front teeth.
There are also pressed ceramic crowns that have a hard inner core. They are good at replacing the metal liner in all-ceramic crowns. They have porcelain caps to give a good color match and are longer-lasting than porcelain crowns.
How is a Tooth Prepared For a Dental Crown?
To prepare for a dental crown you need to visit the dentist twice. During the first visit, the tooth is examined and prepared for an x-ray of the tooth and surrounding bone. First, the dentist does a root canal treatment if your tooth has a risk of infection, injury to the pulp, or tooth decay. The type of crown you have will depend on how much your tooth is filled. Filing is used to get enough shape and structure for the crown cover.
During second visit is where a permanent crown is placed on the tooth. The temporary crown is removed and the color and fit of the crown are checked. Local anesthetics are used to numb the tooth to allow fixing of the crown.
If you or a loved one is in need of a dental crown, please visit our caring dental team at Smiles of Groton to get top-level care. You can also call us today at (351) 251-1230 to get additional information regarding dental crowns, or if you need to book an appointment. We are always ready to assist you and give you personalized care.