Crowns are fixed dental artificial restorations that are fitted and cemented over the remains of a damaged tooth, or implants.
The dentist may recommend crowns for the following cases:
- To replace a large filling when there’s little tooth left
- To protect weak and damaged teeth from further fractures
- To restore the form and function of fractured teeth
- To act as an anchor where a dental bridge will be attached to
- To cover a dental implant
- To cover poorly shaped, damaged, and discolored teeth
- To cover teeth after getting a root canal treatment
The Different Types
- Ceramic crowns. These are porcelain-based filling materials and best used for front teeth because of their excellent aesthetic qualities that help them blend well with the natural teeth. However, even if the material is highly resistant to wear and staining, ceramic crowns may be susceptible to breaking or chipping if one chews often enough on hard materials.
- Porcelain infused with metal. These crowns are much more durable than just ceramic ones. They are excellent in preventing leakage and decreasing the chances of recurring dental decay. However, to place this type of crown, a moderate amount of tooth structure will have to be removed by the dentist or prosthodontist.
- Gold alloys. These types of crowns are often made from a mixture of gold, copper and other types of metals. They are very durable, resistant to wear, fractures and are highly biocompatible with the gum tissue.
- Base metal alloys. These types of crowns use non-noble metals and are highly resistant to corrosion, as well as very durable. The material is also gentle to opposing teeth and even better is that dentists won’t have to remove as much healthy tooth structure to fit this type of crown.
What To Expect
Crowns are placed on top of damaged teeth or implants to restore the tooth’s shape, function and structure.
When using porcelain and ceramic crowns, dentists can match the color of the crowns to that of your natural teeth so that they do not stand out. However, the same can’t be said for crowns made out of gold and metal alloys.
The procedure for fitting or installing a dental crown typically takes two separate dental visits, with usually a week or two of interval in between each appointment.
During the first appointment, the dentist will have to examine the tooth to see if it’s a good candidate for a crown. If it is, the dentists prepared it by filling it down. If, however, the tooth has received significant damage, your dentist will have to fill it in with enough material so a crown can be properly fitted over it.
After filling the tooth to the proper shape, the dentist will then take an impression of it and its surrounding teeth, and then send it away to a dental lab. There, a dental technician will create the permanent crown. Though, before the first visit ends, the dentist will have to place a temporary crown to protect the damaged tooth until the final crown is ready.
Once ready, the patient will then go back for a second visit where the dentist removes the temporary crown and place the new crown, using a special adhesive to bond it.
Afterwards, the procedure is done and the dentist will then explain to you what you should expect after (such as the adjustment period) and how to take better care of your crown.
Crowns are necessary to help improve, or restore the function and aesthetics of a broken and damaged tooth.
Do not let yourself suffer any longer from missing, worn down, as well as damaged teeth, and your dentist as soon as possible to see if your tooth is a good candidate for a dental crown.
If you are interested in repairing your damaged tooth with a dental crown, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017. Or visit www.dentist-liberman.com for additional information regarding crowns.
Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS accepts patients from Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and surrounding areas.