Your teeth perform some essential tasks every day. They are incredibly strong, able to stand up a significant amount of daily use. Despite their incredible strength, the teeth can still be affected by physical damage and decay, which can lead to cracks, chips, cavities, and more. This damage can compromise the strength of the affected teeth as well as their health. At College Hill Dental we can restore the health and strength of a damaged tooth with a dental crown.
What is a Dental Crown?
When faced with tooth damage, it is essential to get treatment right away, even if the damage does not seem all that serious at the time. Tooth damage can worsen over time. More significant damage can compromise the strength of the tooth, and leave it susceptible to developing an infection. A dental crown is a treatment provided to help restore teeth affected by damage. It is a cap-like restoration that is designed to encase the entire visible surface of the affected tooth. It works to hold the damaged tooth together, preventing further damage and infection, while also restoring its strength so that it can function normally.
Dental Crown Materials
A dental crown can be made from one of several different materials. These include
|•||Metal. A metal dental crown is the strongest type of crown available. It is practically indestructible and can last 50 years or longer with proper care. Despite its incredible strength, metal crowns are silver or gold in color. They stand out quite prominently against the rest of your teeth, making it very obvious.
|•||Porcelain fused to metal. Porcelain fused to metal, or PFM crowns combine the strength of metal with the aesthetics of porcelain. The crown has a metal base that surrounds your tooth. A porcelain coating helps to provide a more natural appearance. In some cases, the metal can be seen through the porcelain, rendering them more noticeable.
|•||Ceramic. Ceramic crowns are the most aesthetic option available. They are made entirely from ceramic, a material that can be stained to perfectly match the color of your natural teeth. It also reflects light just like natural tooth enamel. It may not be as strong as metal, but it can still withstand most normal daily use.|
Why Get a Dental Crown?
There are several benefits associated with a dental crown. These benefits include
|•||Prevention of further damage.
|•||Protection against infection.
|•||Restoring strength and allowing the tooth to function normally.
|•||Preventing the need for a tooth extraction.|
Dental crowns also work to anchor a fixed bridge in place, replace teeth with Dental Implants, and provide additional protection following a root canal.
How is a Dental Crown Placed?
Getting a dental crown typically takes two appointments. During the first appointment, we first prepare the tooth. This is done under a local anesthetic, which ensures that you feel no discomfort. Preparing the tooth involves removing a portion of your tooth enamel to make the tooth smaller. This is necessary for ensuring that your crown will fit comfortably and naturally in with the rest of your teeth. After the tooth has been prepared, we take an impression of your mouth.
The impression is sent to our dental lab, where your custom crown is designed and created. This process can take up to two weeks, so a temporary crown is placed while you wait. The temporary crown helps to protect your tooth while you wait for your final restoration. At your second appointment, after your custom crown has been sent back, we check the restoration for fit and bite. If everything looks and feels good, the crown is cemented into place on your tooth.
If you have suffered tooth damage or decay, it is essential that you get treatment right away. Call College Hill Dental at (541) 485-0272 today to schedule your appointment and find out if a dental crown is the right solution for you.