Cover Your Damaged Tooth

A dental crown is a custom-made artificial tooth cap that completely covers a chipped, cracked or damaged tooth. The tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth to cover the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance. The crown, when cemented into place, fully encases the entire visible portion of a tooth above the gum line. Crowns can be made from a number of different materials. All-ceramic crowns are milled out of blocks of solid porcelain to match the shade and color of your tooth. 

Most commonly, dental crowns are a restoration procedure for teeth needing more structural support and long-lasting protection than cavity fillings or inlays. Dental crowns can be used in connection with a variety of procedures in cosmetic dentistry:

  • Dental Implants:: Dental crowns are used to cap the metal rod implant in place of a missing tooth.
  • Dental Bridges: Dental crowns on the teeth adjacent to the bridge serve as anchors for the bridge to clamp onto for support.
  • Root Canal Therapy: Dental crowns protect brittle teeth after root canal therapy.


Advantages of Dental Crowns

  • Support For The Tooth:  While dental veneers only conceal the front surface of a tooth, dental crowns cover the entire damaged tooth, restoring functionality, shape, size, and strength to the tooth. This is especially important for posterior teeth where up to 150-200 lbs. of pressure can be placed on the teeth while chewing.
  • Long Lasting: Dental crowns are designed to last several years when accompanied by good oral hygiene. On average, they last at least ten years, but generally much longer depending on the type of crown and oral health of the patient.
  • Tooth Preservation: Dental crowns seal the damaged teeth off from bacteria in the saliva that can cause teeth to deteriorate. They can also hold together cracked teeth, preserving their functionality.
  • Natural Looking Results: The dental lab can custom mold dental crowns that closely match the curves and shape of your other teeth.
  • Versatile: In addition to tooth protection and restoration, dental crowns can be used in connection with a variety of procedures in cosmetic dentistry.

Choosing a Dental Crown

There are three general types of dental crowns composed of different materials: all-ceramic crowns, porcelain crowns, and gold alloy crowns. Each type of crown is best suited for different areas of the mouth, esthetic considerations, durability requirements, and strength demands. At our initial consultation, we will assess your situation and decide together what type of dental crown would best enhance your smile.

 

Benefits

Drawbacks

All-Ceramic Crowns or All-Porcelain Crowns
  • Translucent quality makes them the most natural-looking
  • Metal-free
  • Great for anterior as well as posterior teeth because they're most esthetically pleasing
  • Work well in small spaces
  • None
 
Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Crowns
  • Metal core makes them stronger and more durable
  • Most esthetically pleasing choice next to all-ceramic crown
  • Strength and esthetics combined into one crown make it more versatile
  • Metal rim can be exposed as gums recede
  • Wear on opposing teeth
  • Porcelain can chip or break
  • Metal core decreases natural translucent look of tooth
 
Gold Alloy Crowns
  • Provide support and durability
  • Long-lasting
  • Great choice for posterior teeth or those who grind and clench their teeth
  • Less esthetically pleasing because completely composed of metal
  • Not as popular because do not look as natural

 

What Is The Process For Dental Crowns? 

  1. Prepare Tooth: At your visit, we assess your situation and determine the type of dental crown best suited for you, we prepare your damaged tooth by shaving off the enamel and reshaping the tooth in preparation for the added thickness of the tooth cap. We send impressions of your teeth before and after the tooth preparation to the dental lab where they fashion your permanent dental crown.
     
  2. Permanent Dental Crown: After the tooth preparation, we give you a temporary crown made of acrylic or stainless steel to wear until your permanent dental crown is finished. At that point we adhesively bond the permanent cap over your damaged tooth. No further work is necessary except good oral hygiene to preserve the dental crown.

We’d Like To Be Your Family’s Home For Gentle Dental Care in Plymouth, MN!

To take a step towards restoring your beautiful smile, schedule an appointment or call (763) 546-7707. We are happy to meet with you and explain more about porcelain crowns as well as your other options.

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