Dental crowns are among the most common and most helpful dental restorations. They have helped generations of patients to preserve damaged teeth and regain full chewing function. Today, crowns are as necessary as ever, but they have evolved. They are more beautiful, more convenient, and more biocompatible than the crowns of the past. On this page, you will learn more about dental crowns, why they are sometimes necessary, and what you can expect from this restorative procedure.
A dental crown is a custom-designed, tooth-shaped cap that gets placed over the entire visible portion of a tooth (everything above the gumline). Its purpose is to restore the structure and strength of a damaged tooth. Used as part of a bridge or with a dental implant, dental crowns can even help to replace missing teeth altogether.
Crowns can be constructed out of various materials, including gold, silver, other metals, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or all-porcelain. Here at Legacy Dentistry, we are proud to offer all-porcelain crowns. The porcelain bears a strong resemblance to natural tooth enamel and, unlike metal crowns, is extremely unlikely to cause an allergic reaction.
Here are some indicators that mean you might need a new dental crown:
When you visit us for your restorative consultation, your dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth and determine whether a crown is a suitable treatment for your situation.
The first step in the dental crown process is tooth preparation. Your dentist may remove a portion of enamel from your tooth so that it will fit well beneath your restoration. We take great care to ensure that patients are comfortable during this phase of the treatment. Once your tooth is ready, we’ll take detailed impressions of it and the surrounding dentition.
At other dental offices, at this point you would be given a temporary restoration to protect your tooth while a laboratory fabricated your permanent crown. At Legacy Dentistry, things work a little differently. We have the technology in our office to create your permanent porcelain crown right away. That means you will not have to put up with hassle of wearing a temporary crown or of making a second visit to our office to have your crown placed.
Do you believe you need a dental crown, or would do you have questions about how the treatment works? Reach out to us today. We will be happy to talk with you!
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