A dental crown can be used to protect a damaged tooth and be used to improve the look of a tooth. At Michael Regan, DMD Family, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, we can provide dental crowns that increase strength and blend seamlessly in with your natural teeth while enhancing your smile. During your consultation, we can discuss the restorative and cosmetic improvements provided through the use of dental crowns.
What Is A Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a tooth shaped cap, in fact it is sometimes referred to simply as caps. We can use it to entirely cover the full natural tooth. Dental crowns are a fixed prosthetic, meaning we permanently cement it in place, it is not removable. We use dental crowns to amplify the strength and look of a tooth, including:
||Provide Strength to a Tooth: The natural enamel of a tooth can become weakened following root canal therapy, or damaged including a large cavity, chipped or fractured. A dental crown can serve as a shield, providing a layer of strength to a tooth. When possible, we always recommend saving a tooth structure, even if covered and surrounded by a dental crown. Protecting your natural teeth and roots are important to your bone health. Besides full crowns, we can customize partial crowns known as inlays or onlays or sometimes referred to as a ¾ crown.
||Increase the Look of your Teeth: Dental crowns can be used on your most visible teeth to enhance their look. You can get the look of straight, evenly spaced, perfectly shaped teeth quickly and easily with dental crowns. In addition to dental crowns, ask us about other cosmetic enhancements including dental veneers or bonding with composite resin.
||Restore Missing Teeth: If you have missing teeth, today there are better, healthier ways of restoring them. We can surgically place a dental implant in your jawbone to serve as an independent post to restore missing teeth. Traditionally, we have relied on neighboring teeth to place false teeth, but with a dental implant we can fully restore the root and then use a dental crown for a complete tooth.
Dental Crown Options
Dental crowns come with a lot of options, including the material being used, how it’s retained, and the number of teeth being capped. Crowns are available in porcelain, porcelain over metal, gold and porcelain ceramic. Zirconia is a porcelain ceramic material that has quickly become the popular choice among many patients. These crowns provide an amazing aesthetic, matching your natural teeth in color and translucency with a strong durability. We can discuss all of your options during your consultation.
The Dental Crown Procedure
The placement of a dental crown is done over two office visits. During your first appointment, we will discuss all of the various options specific to your needs. We will then take x-rays and create a mold of the tooth and surrounding area to capture the tooth’s bite, including its size and placement. At this time we can also discuss any changes needed to enhance the look including closing gaps or straightening the tooth. All of this information is sent to a nearby dental lab for the fabrication of your crown. We will also shape and reduce the original tooth to allow room for receiving the new crown. Before leaving we will place a temporary crown.
When we receive your new crown from the lab, we will contact you for a second appointment. With your new crown ready, we will remove the temporary crown, cleanse the area, and check the fit of your new crown. We can make any changes at this time to ensure a perfect fit. The crown is then cemented in place and cured with a blue light. Your new crown is now ready for use, you can resume chewing and use it as you would your other teeth. Be sure to properly brush and floss it as well.