Dental crowns are used most commonly for restorations, but occasionally are still employed for cosmetic treatments. They can improve the look of your teeth by covering damage or extreme discoloration, or can grant a more symmetrical or pleasing appearance to disproportionate or misshapen teeth. They are also used to anchor prosthetic teeth in crown and bridge restorations.
Dental Crowns and Your Teeth
Dental crowns can help improve the appearance of teeth that are heavily damaged, cracked, misshapen, or broken off. They can also add strength and stability to a tooth that has been treated with a root canal procedure. Crowns are made of durable materials such as metal or porcelain. It’s important to discuss your options with our dentist when you choose a crown to be sure it’s the most effective treatment for your condition. You’ll also want to be sure to use the type of crown that’s most appropriate and that will help improve your appearance while still keeping your tooth strong and usable.
Typically, dentists use porcelain or porcelain bonded (porcelain bonded to metal) crowns for teeth that are visible when you smile, such as your front teeth. Metal or porcelain bonded crowns are more suitable for back teeth since they must be able to stand up to the intense pressures of biting and chewing. Crowns can also be made from tooth-colored plastic resins, though these are not as durable as porcelain.
Placing Dental Crowns
Crowns are usually placed in two stages. First, our dentist makes a mold of the tooth that’s to be crowned. This mold is used to make the crown. For crowns used to support bridges, they will be constructed with the prosthetic tooth attached. After making the mold, our dentist prepares your tooth by reshaping it to make room for the final crown. Then he places a temporary crown to protect it.
Typically, the final crown is made at an offsite lab, and takes a few days to be completed. When it arrives, you’ll return for an appointment to have the temporary crown removed and the permanent crown set in place. This durable, permanent crown will last you for many years, protecting your tooth and allowing you to chew and eat normally.
Call the office of Dr. Buck today to speak with someone from our caring team about your treatment options!