Dental Crowns

Rendering of jaw with dental crownYour teeth can hold up to a lot of daily wear and tear, but they are not impervious to damage. When damage does occur, it can affect your oral health. Untreated damage can lead to further damage (such as splitting or shattering) or serious infections. Depending upon the location of the affected tooth, it may also affect your appearance. At Gregory A. Williams, DMD, PC, crowns can be used to restore the health of your teeth.

Caps for Your Teeth

There are several causes of tooth damage𔃀cracks, chips, and cavities. When your teeth are damaged, their strength and your oral health become compromised. Damage can lead to the affected tooth splitting or shattering. A crown is a dental restoration designed to “cap” a damaged tooth, allowing it to stay in place (rather than extracting it). The crown simultaneously holds a damaged tooth together, provides it with strength, and protects it from bacterial invasion.

Materials for Crowns

There are a few different materials that are used to make crowns. Each type of crown has its advantages, as well as its drawbacks:
•  Metal. Metal crowns have been in use the longest. They are known for their superior strength. Metal crowns are practically indestructible and can last 50 years or more. Despite their strength, metal crowns are not the most aesthetic option. They are silver or gold in color, making them stand out amongst the rest of your teeth.
•  Porcelain fused to metal. PFM crowns consist of a metal base and a porcelain coating. The metal provides strength around your tooth while the porcelain helps the crown to blend in with the rest of your teeth. However, with PFM crowns, a thin metal line often shows through at the base of the restoration, giving it away.
•  Ceramic. Ceramic crowns provide the best aesthetic option for restoring damaged teeth. The material can be stained and finished to perfectly blend in with the rest of your teeth. It also mimics the light reflecting properties of natural enamel. Ceramic is not the strongest material available, but it can stand up to normal use.

The Crown Procedure

Crowns typically take two visits to complete. On your first visit, your affected tooth (or teeth) is prepared. A small amount of your tooth enamel is removed, which allows for the crown to fit comfortably, and naturally in with the rest of your teeth. Once the tooth is prepared, we then take an impression.

The impression is then sent to our lab, where your custom crown is designed and created. It can take up to two weeks for your new crown to be ready, so a temporary crown will be placed to protect the tooth while you wait. After your tooth is sent back, we will then call you back in for your second visit. During this visit, the crown is checked for proper fit and then cemented into place.

Benefits of Crowns

There are several benefits that come with a crown:
•  A damaged or otherwise weak tooth is provided with strength and protection from bacteria.
•  Ceramic crowns blend in perfectly with the rest of your natural teeth.
•  Crowns protect teeth after a root canal procedure.
•  They anchor dental bridges in place and cover screws on dental implants.
•  They help you to avoid the need for a tooth extraction (and therefore tooth replacement).

Call to schedule your consultation

If one or more of your teeth have experienced damage, seeking dental help right away is important. Call Gregory A. Williams, DMD, PC to schedule your appointment today.

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