A dental crown is a prosthetic cap placed over a tooth as part of a restorative procedure. When fixed into place, dental crowns make up the entire visible portion of the tooth situated above the gum line. At Enhance Family Dental, we can place dental crowns on your teeth as painlessly as possible.
When Do You Need a Dental Crown?
There are several dental conditions that necessitate a dental crown.
Types of Dental Crowns?
Here are some types of dental crowns.
These crowns are made of porcelain material and are usually used for restoring the front teeth. This is because their color matches the shade of your natural teeth.
These crowns are much stronger and durable than all-ceramic crowns because they are mixed with metal.
The crown is made from an alloy of gold, copper, and other metals. Dental crowns made from this material are very strong, tightly bonded to the tooth, and do not crack.
Base metal alloy
Base metal crowns are made of chromium, nickel or other non-precious metals. These crowns are very strong and are resistant to corrosion. They also only require a minimal amount of healthy tooth structure to be removed before they are fitted.
Difference Between Crown Materials
Gold and metal alloy crowns are the strongest and most durable types of crowns, while all-porcelain crowns are less strong and may crack under heavy pressure. By contrast, porcelain material fused with metals offer much higher durability. Both porcelain-based crowns offer high resistant to corrosion; however, they may wear out opposing teeth. Meanwhile, gold and metal-based crowns offer high resistance to corrosion and are also gentle to opposing teeth.
What are Post Crowns?
Posts are used to offer support to the crown when the tooth root has been filled. We will drill away the weakened natural crown at the gum level and will make a double-ended post to fit into the root canal. One end of the post will be fixed into the root canal while the other end will hold the prosthetic crown in place.
Preparing the Tooth for a Crown
At Enhance Family Dental, Brian Hill, DDS will prepare your tooth to fit the crown. This will involve removing and shaping the outer surface of the tooth. Once the tooth is prepared, we will take an impression of it. We may also take an impression of the opposite jaw to determine your bite. These impressions will be sent to a dental lab where the crown will be fabricated.
If properly maintained, crowns can last anywhere between 10 to over 20 years, depending on the material of the crown. The best way to achieve long-lasting crowns is to take proper oral care, including regular brushing and flossing your teeth. Moreover, scheduling regular check-ups by us can help you prevent any future dental problems. Call us today at (586) 666-4950 to book an appointment!