Dental crowns are a tooth-shaped restoration that can be placed over a damaged tooth to restore its shape, size, and strength thereby improving its appearance. Crowns when embedded, will fully encase the entire visible area of the tooth above the gum line.
When would we require dental crowns?
Crowns may be used in the below situations:
- To protect teeth that are weak and have suffered injuries such as breakage or cracks.
- To restore teeth that have been severely worn down
- To hold dental bridges in place
- To encase misshapen or severely discolored teeth
- To make dental cosmetic modifications
What are the different types of crowns available?
There are different types of crowns available. Listed below are the few types of crowns that dentists suggest:
Stainless SteelStainless steel crowns are used as a temporary measure over prefabricated crowns. These crowns function by covering the entire visible surface of the tooth and protects it from further decay.
MetalsMetallic crowns can be either made of Gold or Platinum. These crowns rarely suffer from damage or injury from breakage. They are perfect for molars that are not so visible as we smile.
Porcelain-fused-to-metalPorcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns closely match to the color of the natural teeth, hence they look almost like normal teeth.
All-ceramic or all-porcelain crownsThese crowns are known to match the color of our natural teeth. They are more suitable for patients who are allergic to metallic ones.
What is the procedure involved in getting dental crowns?
The dentist would take an impression of the portion of the tooth where the crown must go into. This would provide an exact mold for the dental crown. A temporary crown would be used to cover the prepared tooth while the permanent ones are being made. Once ready, the temporary crown would be removed and replaced with the permanent ones.
Dental crowns have a very high success rate. There are several ways by which you can ensure to keep them functioning. Practicing good oral hygiene can go a long way to keeping them in good shape.
To find out more about dental crowns, request an appointment with us at Tahoe Dental Arts, today. Call us at (530) 541-8229 or schedule an appointment online.