Crowns are a cosmetic restoration procedure that strengthens teeth and improves the shape of a damaged tooth. Most of the time, crowns are used on teeth that have an excessive amount of decay and deterioration, or that are worn down or cracked.
How Are Crowns Applied?
Positioning a crown is a relatively easy procedure that uses a bonding element to adhere it to the decayed or damaged tooth, taking care to ensure that the portion of the tooth above the gum line is covered. With this process, we are essentially giving the outer surface of your tooth a new covering.
Crowns are produced using one of two materials: porcelain or metal. We prefer to use porcelain crowns because of their natural appearance. Porcelain crowns are also strong and durable, lasting longer than crowns made from other materials.
Why Do I Need a Crown?
Crowns are usually recommended for patients when it is obvious that the tooth alone is not strong enough to support filling material. Sometimes, instead of using a crown, we may recommend a partial crown, which is also called an onlay.
What Is the Difference between a Crown and a Filling?
That’s a great question and one we answer quite often for our patients. Fillings are restorative material used to fill a cavity after the decay has been removed. One visit is needed to complete fillings; whereas traditional crowns require at least two trips to our office. The reason for the additional visits is because a dental laboratory makes the crowns before being affixed to the tooth.
During your initial visit, an impression of your tooth will be made. The impression is then sent to the lab and examined by an experienced technician. The technician will use this mold to examine your bite and other aspects of your jaw movement. Once the analysis is complete, the crown will be made based on the results and then sent back to us to be affixed to the tooth. Each one of these steps is vital so that when the dentist applies the crown it will function normally and last protect your tooth for many years.
If you have questions about crowns, please don’t hesitate to call our offices and schedule an appointment for a consultation. Your oral health is always our main concern at New Concept Dental.