Over time, our teeth can get damaged. One of the solutions our dentists at The Dentist on Boones Ferry provide to patients with damaged teeth is dental crowns. These are tooth-shaped caps placed over your teeth. The dental crown will help bring back the size, shape, strength, and appearance of a tooth. Our dental crowns are strong and durable. They cover the visible part of the tooth that lies above your gum line. We offer dental crowns after a thorough examination of your mouth.
When Do You Need Crowns?
After an examination, our dentist may opt to install crowns. Crowns are used to replace your old, broken, or failed filling on a tooth. Crowns are also used when your tooth is broken or worn down from grinding (also known as bruxism). Our dentists may also recommend a crown when you get a large filling. In such cases, the crown is used to cover and support the remaining natural tooth structure. It makes your filling more durable, reducing the need for recurring visits to our office in the future.
In other cases, our dentist may use crowns after you undergo root canal therapy. The procedure may leave your tooth weak. As such, the crown is meant to protect the tooth. Our dentists may also use a crown for cosmetic dental procedures. You may require such a procedure when reshaping a rotated or twisted tooth. Our dentist first removes the enamel of the rotated tooth and places a crown, making the tooth appear straight. Cosmetic procedures also include reducing spaces between your teeth. When doing so, a crown will enhance your appearance and also prevent it from possible wear and tear.
Types of Crowns
Our dentists may recommend a dental crown based on your identified dental needs. The first option that our dental office offers is all-metal crowns. They are the strongest type of crown and may last longer. Before applying a metal crown, our dentists may shave down a little amount of your tooth structure to create space.
The second type is gold alloy crowns. These crowns are made from a combination of copper, gold, and other metals. They have numerous advantages over dental crowns and other types. For instance, they will not wear down your underlying tooth after installation. They are also biocompatible with gum tissue.
Our dentists may also offer porcelain-fused-to-metal or ceramic dental crowns. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are natural-looking, yet durable. The porcelain element will blend well with your teeth. Lastly, our ceramic crowns are often applied to restore front teeth. They also have natural color and texture. These crowns will not be recommended if you are looking to repair your molars and premolars.
Crown Placement Process
You will visit our office twice for crown placement. On the first day, our dentist will check and prepare the tooth that needs a crown. We may also take a mold of your tooth beforehand. Afterward, our dentist will remove the outer layer, trim the tooth and take an impression of it. The impression is taken to our lab where we make the crowns. In the meantime, our dentist will put on a temporary crown to protect your tooth. After two weeks, you will come back in for our dentist to crown your tooth with the permanent crown.
To learn more about our dental crowns, visit our offices at The Dentist on Boones Ferry. You can also reach us by calling (971) 377-1208 to set up an appointment.