If a tooth has more extensive decay, a dental crown may be the ideal aesthetic and functional restorative solution. Choosing to have a crown placed can preserve the natural tooth, which is always the goal as preserving the natural teeth helps maintain the supporting bone structure and stability of the surrounding and adjacent teeth.
The first step in the process is to take an impression that will be used to make a model of the teeth and bite. This allows the crown to be made to look and function like your natural tooth. The tooth will then be prepped, with the decayed areas being removed. An impression of the prepped tooth will be made so that the final crown will fit properly when it is placed.
Sometimes the final crown can be placed on the same day but other times a temporary crown will be placed while your final restoration is being created.
There are several different types of dental crowns:
- Ceramic – This type of crown is often used for teeth that are visible when smiling as they are made from a porcelain-based material that retains the look of your natural teeth.
- Zirconium – These crowns are known for their strength and durability while also allowing for a natural-looking restoration. Zirconium’s natural white base provides patients an almost unlimited ability to match the shading of your natural teeth.
- Lithium Disilicate – These crowns are made from a glass-based (mainly silica) product combined with crystalline particles that are added for increased strength and durability. With a translucent quality that mimics natural tooth enamel, these crowns offer patients a low chipping and fracture rate with superior aesthetics.
- Porcelain Fused to Metal – These crowns are known for their strength and durability while also allowing for a natural-looking restoration.
- Gold Alloys – These may be used when more strength is needed, particularly for patients who grind their teeth at night.
- Base Metal Alloys – These are strong and corrosion-resistant and are often used when there is less existing tooth structure available to support the crown restoration.
While crowns may sometimes become loose and fall out, they often last a lifetime with proper care and oral hygiene. Our amazing team of dental professionals will help select the type of crown best suited for your particular needs.