Monday, September 8th, 2014
Dental crowns are one of the most common restorations performed by dentists today. Sometimes called “caps”, these crowns come in different forms and can be used to treat a variety of dental conditions.
Here is a guide to the 5 most frequently asked questions regarding dental crowns:
- What is a dental crown? A dental crown is a type of tooth-shaped restoration designed to fit over and strengthen a tooth, or improve a tooth’s appearance. Crowns are fabricated in a laboratory, and are customized to fit over an individual tooth. There are several kinds of crowns, used for a number of different purposes.
- When is it necessary to get a crown? There are a variety of conditions and situations in which a dentist will recommend a patient be fitted for a crown. In some cases, a dentist may use a crown to cover a tooth that has had a root canal, or a very large filling, to help keep the tooth strong and prevent breakage. Crowns can also help stabilize a bridge, as well as cover a dental implant or a tooth that is permanently discolored or chipped. Certain pediatric patients require one or more crowns to protect baby teeth from further decay.
- What types of crowns are available? Many variations of crowns exist, however most are categorized according to the material from which they are made. Metal crowns are made up of metal alloy that may contain gold, platinum and stainless steel. Given their strength, these crowns are usually used to preserve the structure of a tooth. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are made of a thin porcelain shell fused to metal underneath. The porcelain closely resembles a natural tooth. Resin crowns are made from a mixture of plastic substances, and are the least expensive crown option. All-ceramic or porcelain crowns are made either entirely from porcelain or zirconia. While not the strongest, these types of crowns are the most aesthetically pleasing, and are often used on front teeth.
- What does the procedure involve? Crowns require two visits. During the first appointment, the tooth is prepared to ensure that the crown fits properly. An impression is made of the tooth and sent to the lab for the crown to be fabricated. A crown usually takes between two and three weeks to be created. The temporary crown is placed on the tooth in the meantime. At the second visit, the temporary crown is removed, and the permanent crown is bonded to the tooth or implant.
- How long do crowns last? While a permanent crown will not last forever, the majority of crowns will last 15 to 20 years with proper dental hygiene and maintenance.
Cosmetic Dentistry in Toccoa
If you’re ready to learn more about dental crowns, contact Wilbanks Smile Center today and schedule a consultation. Our offices are located in Toccoa, GA, and we can be reached at 706-886-9439. We look forward to serving you.