Dental crowns are an excellent solution for individuals who have broken teeth, a very large filling, or decaying teeth. Crowns can also be used if patients have discolored filling and want to improve the tooth’s appearance, have a root filling that needs protection or to hold a bridge and/or denture in place. A crown helps restore a tooth to its normal shape and size, and can help the tooth become stronger. Crowns can also be used to cover a dental implant.
There are a variety of materials that crowns are composed of. New ways to form crowns are constantly being discovered that will best benefit patients and their individual needs. There are porcelain crowns, porcelain bonded to precious metal crowns, all-ceramic crowns, glass crowns, and gold-alloy crowns. Porcelain crowns look very natural and are typically used for the front teeth. Porcelain bonded to precious metal crowns are made of precious metal and then porcelain is layered on top.
All-ceramic crowns are metal-free and look like porcelain crowns with the strength of bonded crowns. These crowns can be used in all areas of the mouth. Glass crowns also look very natural and can also be used in any area of the mouth. Gold-alloy crowns are usually silver and gold in color and are the oldest filling materials used for crowns.
If a dentist decides that it’s necessary for an individual to wear a crown, then the first thing the dentist will do is prepare the tooth for the crown. This process consists of reshaping the tooth to fit the shape of the crown. This could involve removing the outer layer of the tooth’s surface and leaving the strong inner core. However much of the outer layer is removed will equate to the thickness of the crown. Once the tooth is shaped, then an impression will be made. The impressions will be passed over to the dental technician, as well as information regarding the appropriate shade to use. On average, it takes about two visits for a patient to receive a crown. While the crown is being made, a temporary crown will be issued to the patient.
It’s very important for patients to take care of their crowns as they would the rest of their teeth. Even though the crown is unable to decay, decay can develop where the edge of the crown meets the tooth. Brushing twice daily and cleaning in between the teeth with an interdental brush will help maintain long-lasting crowns.
At McBride Dental, we offer one-day dental crowns using CEREC technology. Our patients love that they can come in and receive a permanent crown within one visit. They don’t have to worry about wearing temporary crowns and undergoing a timely process. We’re happy to please our patients and provide a service that allows our patients to obtain the smile they desire. If you’re interested in learning about our CEREC dental crowns, call 760-471-1003 to schedule an appointment.