Porcelain Dental Crowns
What is a crown? Some call it a “cap” but a crown is a lot like a helmet that goes over your head. It usually covers the entire tooth, so it is sometimes also called a full coverage restoration.
Why is a crown needed? Sometimes if a tooth has a large fracture or chip, or if a tooth has large filling that is breaking apart, a crown is done to protect the rest of the tooth so no other parts of the tooth breaks. The crown then also allows one to continue to eat and chew with sufficient pressure on the tooth without having to risk other part of the tooth fracture. Other times a crown is indicated when a tooth undergoes root canal therapy, especially on molars and premolars, since the tooth is inherently weakened after the endodontic treatment. The crown strengthens the tooth after the root canal is completed, allowing full use of the tooth without worries of the tooth breaking and fracturing.
Crowns are usually made over the course of 2 weeks: the tooth is first shaped and a mold/impression done at the dental office, and the impression is then sent to a dental lab. When the crown comes back from the lab, the dentist will make any adjustments needed to make sure there is a good fit before it is cemented on the tooth.
There are different type of crowns available, ranging from gold crowns to porcelain metal crowns to full porcelain crowns. Recent advances in porcelain dental technology are allowing us to create beautiful, strong, and natural looking crowns!
Your dentist will be able to explain to you the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of crowns, and help you choose one that is appropriate for you.
If you have any questions about dental crowns and bridges for your Edgewood family dentist, give us a call today!