Dental crowns have many different uses and have come a long way in resembling your tooth’s structure and color. There are two main types of crowns that you can get; temporary and permanent. These also come in a variety of materials that our dentist at Joshua M. Ignatowicz DMD & Associates will discuss with you. You will also receive after-care instructions for maintaining your crown.
Dental Crown Uses
Most importantly, crowns are used as a form of protection for your teeth. For example, tooth decay may cause the need for drilling or tooth extraction. Should this occur, your tooth and its inner workings would be left exposed. This would not only be painful, but it would also leave your tooth susceptible to further infection and damage. Crowns are, luckily, applied following these procedures to protect your tooth as well as restore its function.
Crowns can also be used in combination with other restorative dental treatments, such as bridges. Crowns can fill in gaps between your teeth, which improves function as well as appearance. Crowns today are able to look very similar to natural teeth, so they are often used for cosmetic purposes.
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Available Types and Materials
There are a few materials that have been used to produce crowns. Some are more aesthetically pleasing while the others tend to be much more durable. As you can imagine, the specific material used is dependent upon the intended function of that tooth. If it is a tooth used in chewing, then a stronger material is recommended. Front teeth are not subject to as much impact, so a natural appearance is more important here.
Some of the materials that do not blend with teeth are gold, amalgam, zirconia, and other base metals. These offer more durability but are not the same color as natural teeth. On the other hand, porcelain, glass, and ceramic crowns are more aesthetically appealing, but are not as strong. Sometimes, you can get a combination of both, such as porcelain fused to a metal. These would offer the stability of metal crowns with the visual appeal of porcelain. Dental composite, which is a synthetic resin, can be used for those with sensitivities to metals, ceramic, or porcelain. These are the least durable, but they do look very similar to natural teeth.
Dental Crown Procedure
Your first appointment is mainly about diagnostics and consultation. Our dentist will examine your teeth and take dental x-rays. They will also get an impression of your tooth, which our dental lab uses to mold your permanent crown. At this point, our dentist will also explain the available materials and help you decide which is the best option.
Once the diagnostic and consultation is complete, still during the first appointment, our dentist will do some reshaping of your tooth to prepare it for the crown. They will also place a temporary crown to protect your tooth in the meantime.
After we receive your permanent crown, you will come in for application. Our dentist will confirm that it is the right color and fit for your mouth and then place it using a dental cement. To schedule a dental crown procedure, call Joshua M. Ignatowicz DMD & Associates at 725-257-2220 now.