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All crowns are designed to restore functionality to a damaged tooth. But crowns can differ from one another in their appearance, in the material they’re made from, and how they blend with other teeth.
A crown is a metal or porcelain artifice that’s bonded permanently over a decayed or damaged tooth. Every crown process begins with preparation of the tooth so the crown will fit over it. Afterward, we make an impression of the prepared tooth digitally or with an elastic material that most often is sent to a dental laboratory to create the new crown.
It’s at this point where crown composition and design can diverge. Most of the first known crowns were made of metal (usually gold or silver), which is still a component in some crowns today. A few decades ago dental porcelain, a form of ceramic that could provide a tooth-like appearance, began to emerge as a crown material. The first types of porcelain could match a real tooth’s color or texture, but were brittle and didn’t hold up well to biting forces. Dentists developed a crown with a metal interior for strength and a fused outside layer of porcelain for appearance.
This hybrid became the crown design of choice up until the last decade. It is being overtaken, though, by all-ceramic crowns made with new forms of more durable porcelain, some strengthened with a material known as Lucite. Today, only about 40% of crowns installed annually are the metal-porcelain hybrid, while all-porcelain crowns are growing in popularity.
Of course, these newer porcelain crowns and the attention to the artistic detail they require are often more expensive than more traditional crowns. If you depend on dental insurance to help with your dental care costs, you may find your policy maximum benefit for these newer type crowns won’t cover the costs.
If you want the most affordable price and are satisfied primarily with restored function, a basic crown is still a viable choice. If, however, you would like a crown that does the most for your smile, you may want to consider one with newer, stronger porcelain and made with greater artistic detail by the dental technician. In either case, the crown you receive will restore lost function and provide some degree of improvement to the appearance of a damaged tooth.
Dental crowns are one of the most reliable ways to restore teeth marred by infection, decay, injury, or congenital problems. If you have a failing tooth, your dentist at Summit Dental Group in Waterford, MI, Dr. Steve Rollins, may recommend one of these durable and beautiful restorations to complete your smile and keep it healthy.
Don't Extract If You Can Help It
Restorative dental techniques and treatments preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible. Tooth loss through traumatic injury or extraction creates an ugly smile gap, weakens adjacent teeth, and begins a downward spiral of gum and jaw bone recession. In other words, we should all aim to keep every one of our teeth as long as possible, and crowns help us achieve this goal.
Dental crowns help Waterford, MI, dentists, such as Dr. Steve Rollins, recreate beautiful smile aesthetics and reliable oral function. Composed of realistic, high-quality ceramic, these tooth-shaped caps completely cover and protect compromised teeth above the gum line. This beautiful material has the sheen, color, and durability of natural tooth enamel, and when expertly crafted by Dr. Rollins, they can last for ten years or more.
Can a Crown Help Your Tooth?
An examination and X-ray session will confirm the need for a crown, although, sometimes, a tooth is so unhealthy or damaged that it first needs root canal therapy before the dentist can place a crown.
In either case, a crown procedure is done with local anesthetic and involves some enamel reduction so that the crown fits and bite properly with the opposing arch of teeth. Oral impressions and detailed instructions from Dr. Rollins allow the dental lab technician to custom-make the prosthetic. Due to this process, no two dental crowns are alike.
When your crown comes from the dental lab, your dentist will fit it over your tooth and cement it in place with a permanent bonding adhesive. Because of today's precision oral impressions and fabrication techniques, little to no adjustment will be needed.
Caring for a Dental Crown
Whether you have a single-tooth crown, a crown-supported bridge (composed of one or more tooth replacements), or a dental implant restored by a crown, oral hygiene is simple. Just brush twice a day with a low-abrasive, fluoride toothpaste and a soft bristle toothbrush while also flossing daily with the product which suits you best. Finally, see Dr. Rollins and his team at Summit Dental Group twice a year for examinations and hygienic cleanings.
Additionally, you might ask about a customized bite guard if you habitually clench your teeth, as this tendency endangers natural teeth, tooth replacements, and dental restorations such as crowns and veneers.
Your Crowning Glory
Does your smile have a chipped, damaged, or infected tooth? Don't hesitate to fix the problem, and contact Summit Dental Group for a lifelike porcelain crown! Call (248) 681-3600 today.
If your tooth sustains damage that compromises its structure — typically through decay or trauma — you have several options depending on the extent of the damage: One of them is a crown. This method saves the tooth and its root and completely conceals the visible portion of the tooth, or crown, under a natural-looking cap made to mimic as closely as possible the size, shape and color of the original tooth.
Crowns also hide imperfections in the original tooth like discoloration, chipping, fractures, excessive wear (from bruxism, or tooth grinding, for example), or abnormalities in the way the tooth formed. And they’re used following root canal treatments, which treat infected pulp at the center (canal) of a tooth root by removing the pulp and replacing it with an inert, rubber-like material.
Saving the natural tooth has long been the goal of dentistry because normal micromovements of the tooth root, which is suspended in its jawbone socket by elastic ligaments, stimulate the surrounding bone to rejuvenate. Without that stimulation, the bone continues to lose old cells, but no longer replaces them. Crowns are also designed to restore tooth function.
The function and location of the damaged tooth can determine what material the crown will be made of. If the damaged tooth is clearly visible when you smile, porcelain, the most realistic-looking material, is almost always used. If the tooth receives significant bite force, a stronger material is considered — either, a gold/porcelain combination, or a high-strength ceramic. If you are restoring a second molar, an all-gold crown may be considered.
With the advent of dental implants, saving a damaged tooth is no longer the only option for preserving the health of the bone surrounding the tooth root. The implant — a tiny biocompatible, titanium screw-like artificial root — is placed in the jawbone and is then capped with a natural-looking crown of course!
If you would like more information about dental crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Crowns & Bridgework.”