Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps placed over a severely damaged, broken, or weak tooth to restore its strength and appearance.
When Is A Dental Crown Needed?
There are many reasons that necessitate the need for a dental crown, including the following:
- To safeguard a weak or damaged tooth from breaking.
- To keep the parts of a broken or cracked tooth together.
- To restore a broken or worn-down tooth.
- To cover and support a tooth with deep decay and a large filling.
- To support and hold a dental bridge in its position.
- To shield deformed or severely discolored teeth.
- To cover and support a dental implant.
- To cover a tooth that is weakened by a root canal procedure.
- To improve the overall appearance of a tooth.
What Are Dental Crowns Made Of?
Dental crowns are fabricated from various materials that include the following:
- All metal - gold alloy, palladium, nickel, chromium
- All ceramic
- Porcelain fused to zirconia
- Porcelain fused to metal (PFM)
The dentist chooses the material for crown fabrication after considering factors like the location of the tooth, position of the gum tissue, the amount of the natural tooth remaining, the functionality of the tooth requiring the crown, and the color of the surrounding natural teeth. Dentists usually suggest all-metal or PFM crowns for back teeth or molars due to their strength and stability. However, PFM and all-ceramic crowns are ideal for front teeth because of their color similar to natural teeth.
Dental Crown Placement - Procedure
If the patient needs any dental fillings or root canal treatment, they are performed first. Otherwise, the procedure of dental crown placement typically needs two dental visits. 1st visit:
- During the first visit, the dentist will discuss the different dental crown options with the patient and their advantages before selecting the best suitable option.
- Next, the dentist trims down the damaged tooth to make space for fitting the dental crown.
- Impressions of the prepared tooth and their neighboring teeth will be obtained to manufacture the crown in a dental laboratory.
- The dentist will fix a temporary crown to safeguard the tooth and preserve the dental aesthetics until the permanent crown is ready.
Once the permanent crown is ready to be placed, the patient will be called for the second appointment, during which the crown is cemented to the tooth.
To learn more about dental crowns, visit our office, Dental Attraction, at 4727 Frankford Rd #333, Dallas, TX 75287. You can also reach us at (972) 733-0999.