Dental crowns are a great tooth restoration option when you have severely damaged or cracked teeth or teeth with large fillings. However, before you get a dental crown from our dentist in Largo, you probably want to know everything there is to know about dental crowns.
Dental Crowns and Caps
Dental crowns are also sometimes referred to as caps. This is because they are primarily used to cover, protect and reinforce severely damaged teeth, which helps prevent a tooth extraction. Dental crowns can be made out of metal, porcelain fused to metal, resin, and ceramic.
Ceramic crowns are extremely popular for correcting the appearance and enhancing the durability and structural integrity of front teeth. Not to mention, ceramic crowns don’t block dental x-rays, which means our dentist will be able to monitor the underlying tooth.
Metal crowns are typically used on the back molars. This is the most durable type of crown available, but it does not look like a natural tooth, which is why it’s rarely used on front teeth. It is important to note that digital x-rays and dental images cannot see through metal crowns.
Porcelain Fused to Metal
Porcelain fused to metal is another popular crown choice. This crown is almost as durable as a metal crown, and it mirrors the color and appearance of the surrounding teeth, which means it can be used on the front teeth.
Resin crowns are an affordable option for restoring damaged teeth. They are typically constructed out of a composite material and are popular because they most closely resemble natural teeth. However, resin crowns can wear down faster than other types of crowns.
Good Candidates for Dental Crowns
You may be a good candidate for a dental crown if you have severely damaged, cracked, broken or chipped teeth or have undergone a root canal. Crowns are also used when the tooth has an extremely large filling, or the tooth cannot support a filling due to a significant portion of the tooth’s structure is missing. Additional reasons for dental crowns include having an unusually odd-shaped or ugly tooth or having a tooth that looks too small in the mouth.
Dental Crowns for Implants and Bridges
Dental crowns are also used for implants and bridges where the individual is missing one or more teeth. In the case of implants, the crown is placed over the implant post, which provides the individual with an aesthetically pleasing artificial tooth that looks and functions just like a real tooth. In the case of bridges, dental crowns are used to anchor the bridge to the adjacent teeth and to replace the missing teeth between the anchors.
Standard Procedure for Getting Dental Crowns
The standard procedure for getting dental crowns involves two visits to the dentist. The first visit involves examining the tooth, preparing it for the crown and taking impressions of the tooth. The dentist then submits all the information about the tooth and the crown to the laboratory so that the permanent crown can be made. A temporary crown may be placed at this appointment in order to structurally support your tooth between dental visits.
The second appointment involves placing the crown over your existing tooth and making sure it fits properly and is comfortable. Once your permanent crown is placed and bonded, it will look and act just like a natural tooth.
Dental Crowns with Our Dentist in Largo
Our dentist in Largo typically recommends crowns when 50 percent or more of the tooth is missing and a filling, onlay or overlay won’t provide enough support for the remaining tooth. When you choose to receive a dental crown from our dentist, you can expect to have your permanent crown in one visit instead of two. This is because we utilize CEREC CAD/CAM technology to create your porcelain tooth right in our office.
The procedure starts with an examination of the tooth that needs the crown and taking several 3D dental images of the tooth. We then input that information along with the images into our computer. The computer then mills a crown out of a solid porcelain block. Once the crown is finished, our dentist prepares it and bonds it over your existing tooth. At the end of your appointment, you will have a functional tooth, and you will not have to come in for a second visit.
To schedule an appointment with our dentist for your annual checkup or to see if you’d be a good candidate for dental crowns, call us at 727-581-1869.