5 Common Questions About Dental Crowns

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Which Crown Is Right for You?

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Whether you need a dental crown because of tooth decay or damage, selecting the right crown for you is vital. The procedure is referred to as a crown because it consists of a “cap” being placed over the top of the tooth.

This tooth cap is used to restore a cracked, discolored, weakened or broken tooth to its original shape. While metallic crowns and crowns made of porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns have been traditionally used, there are many crown options that are more up-to-date, comfortable and aesthetically discreet.

Below are four of the best dental crowns currently available. All of these crowns, as well as various others, are offered at the Wilbanks Smile Center:

  1. Lava Crowns. This type of crown is made using translucent zirconia, which can be custom colored to match the rest of your teeth. An all-ceramic crown, it is also strong enough for long-span bridges. Lava crowns are one of the most esthetic dental restorations available, and are natural-looking as well as durable.
  2. E.max Crowns. E.max crowns, which are made of disilicate ceramic, which can also be thinned enough to be used with veneers. As a relatively new form of the ceramic crown, E.max crowns are preferred because of their long lasting durability and natural appearance, which closely replicates the look of natural tooth enamel.
  3. Procera Crowns. Another type of all-porcelain crown, Procera offers strength, precision fit, and color-matching to perfectly blend in with surrounding teeth. Procera AllCeram crowns are very aesthetically pleasing, but are not made of the strongest material available, which makes them susceptible to breakage over time.
  4. Bruxzir Crowns. These crowns, which contain a virtually unbreakable solid dental zirconia, are resistant to chipping. Bruxzir crowns do not contain a porcelain overlay, instead their material is nearly chip-proof and is glazed to a smooth surface that offers protection against plaque.

A consultation with a Dr. Joe Wilbanks will help to determine which type of dental crown meets your tooth restoration needs. Selecting a crown that is both durable and natural-looking will ensure that you are happy with your smile for years to come.

Dental Crowns in Toccoa

To learn more about the right type of crown for you, contact us today to schedule your consultation. Our offices are located in Toccoa, GA, and we can be reached at 706-886-9439. We look forward to hearing from you.

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