Everything You Need to Know About A Tooth Crown

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Every day, dentists all over the country place dental crowns to restore damaged teeth to health. Millions of Americans have a tooth crown, yet so many of us don’t really understand how they work, what they’re made of, or which problems dental crowns can fix.

Continue reading this blog to learn the answers to the most frequently asked questions about dental crowns.

1.    How do dental crowns work?

A dental crown is a fixed prosthetic restoration that is permanently placed over the crown of a damaged tooth. The crown’s job is to protect what is underneath it. So, if the tooth is broken, the crown holds it together. This keeps the tooth strong and functional and protects the natural tooth from infection.

To place the crown, the dentist numbs the tooth and surrounding gum tissue. The patient’s natural tooth must be prepped before the crown is cemented over it. The dentist will gently remove a small portion of the dental enamel or, if there isn’t enough natural tooth to support a crown, the dentist will build the tooth up. Then, the dentist takes an impression of the tooth and sends it to a dental lab. While the tooth is being created, the dentist will place a temporary crown over the prepared tooth.

The dental lab technician creates a prosthetic tooth that fits the patient’s smile perfectly. Once the custom-made crown arrives at the dentist’s office, the patient returns for its placement. The dentist uses a special cement to affix the crown to the tooth. The cement is cured, and the patient’s smile is restored!

Dental crowns are made with strong materials created to withstand the pressures of chewing. Read on to learn more about those materials.

2.    What materials are dental crowns made of?

There are several types of dental crowns, each with their own set of pros and cons. The materials used to make to crowns include:

  • Porcelain/Ceramic
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM)
  • Composite resin
  • Metals and metal alloys
  • Stainless steel

Some materials are better than others for certain situations. To determine which type of crown will be most beneficial for your smile, consider the placement of the crown, strength and durability, cost, and aesthetics. The best way to make this decision is with the help of a professional! Talk to your dentist to learn which dental crown material is best for your smile today.

3.    What problems can dental crowns fix?

Dental crowns are so common because they are a remedy for some of the most prevalent dental problems! Patients may need a dental crown for any of the following reasons:

  • Broken or cracked tooth
  • Protect a weak tooth
  • Misshapen tooth
  • A natural tooth with a large filling and little tooth structure
  • To hold a dental bridge in place
  • Complete root canal or dental implant procedure
  • To protect a tooth with a high risk of decay

4.    Are there alternative solutions?

Depending on your oral health and the severity of dental damage, your dentist may recommend one or more alternative solutions, including:

  • Inlay or onlay
  • Dental veneer
  • Filling
  • Tooth extraction

One of these solutions could be a safe and effective alternative to your particular issue, but in many cases, a tooth crown is the best option.

Schedule an Initial Consultation

If you’re experiencing severe dental pain or if you just want to restore the aesthetics of a tooth, contact a trusted dentist near you. If you live in the Atlanta, GA area, Dr. Richard L. Rodgers is available to help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.

Call our office today at 404.577.6620 to schedule an initial consultation and experience gentle, patient-oriented dentistry.

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