Dental crowns are a versatile treatment used to correct a variety of dental problems. We at Thomas Family Dentistry are pleased to offer dental restoration services to our patients using this procedure. Restore a natural-looking tooth, or strengthen an existing tooth with a custom-made crown.
What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a permanent, tooth-shaped cap that covers the tooth. It is used to restore the function of a tooth and to add strength to a weakened tooth, as well as to cosmetically enhance an ugly, discolored or damaged tooth.
Crowns are made from a variety of materials, including metal, ceramic, or a combination of both. It is possible to have a crown that is color-matched to your own teeth so that it looks entirely natural and exactly like one of your own.
Some dental procedures are completed with a crown. After a large filling or a root canal, a crown may be fitted to strengthen the tooth. A crown is also used to replace a missing tooth in a dental implant procedure, or as part of a dental bridge.
Is the Material of the Crown Important?
Our dentists will discuss the options in detail with you and the advantages and disadvantages of the various materials. Temporary crowns are made in our office from acrylic-based material or stainless steel. They are used to temporarily cover a tooth while a permanent crown is prepared at a dental laboratory off-site.
Metal crowns are durable and can withstand the long-term effects of biting and chewing. The color is off-putting and so they tend to be used for teeth at the back of the mouth.
Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM) crowns are made from metal with porcelain fused over the top. Porcelain can be color-matched to other teeth and so this has the advantage of being cosmetically pleasing while retaining the strength of metal. PFM crowns are considerably less expensive than porcelain crowns. Disadvantages are that the porcelain can chip off, and sometimes the grey metal can be seen through the porcelain.
Composite resin crowns can also be color-matched, and they are far less expensive than porcelain. However, the material is not as hard-wearing as other materials.
Porcelain or Ceramic Crowns
Providing a natural cosmetic color, porcelain crowns tend to be used in the front of the mouth. They are not as strong as metal, but more expensive, and can last for a long time.
Zirconia is one of the newest materials for crowns offering a good-looking result with translucent qualities comparable to natural teeth. The material is extremely durable but is one of the most expensive options.
What Is the Procedure for a Dental Crown?
The dental crown procedure usually entails two visits to the dentist. At the first visit, the treatment involves the dentist preparing your tooth to receive the crown. Next, the dentist takes impressions of the teeth to send to the laboratory where your crown is custom-made. Finally, a temporary crown is fitted.
At the next visit, the dentist removes the temporary crown and after placing the crown over your tooth to assess fit and color, affixes the new crown permanently if you and the dentist are happy with how the crown looks and fits.
Call us at 971-348-4244 to find out more about dental crowns at Thomas Family Dentistry.