What are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and improve the overall appearance of the tooth.
While inlays and onlays cover the chewing surface of the tooth and fillings fill in the empty interior space of the tooth, crowns completely cover every visible part of the tooth. This is why dental crowns are sometimes referred to as “caps.” A part of your tooth remains but is essentially “rebuilt” to resemble the tooth at its exterior best.
Although porcelain crowns certainly can improve the look of a tooth or multiple teeth, it is recommended only in conjunction with prior repair of the tooth – not simply for cosmetic purposes.
What does a crown do for teeth?
Depending on the type of treatment you have received for your dental problem, a crown may be necessary to:
- Have your tooth restored to its original size and shape
- Supply additional physical support for the treated tooth
- Get a complete “makeover” on the affected tooth
- Allows protection for an already weak tooth
Types of Dental Crowns
Crowns can be made from several types of materials. These materials include the following:
- Stainless Steel
- Porcelain fused to metal
- All resin
- All ceramic or All porcelain
- Zirconia/Milled crown
Many patients question which material would be best for them. Dr. Young and Dr. Weststeyn will assess your mouth, and determine the best material for your unique case all depending on tooth location, the position of the gum tissue, patient’s preference, and overall function of the tooth. During your consultation, the dentists at Ridgeview Family Dental will discuss all of your options.
The Dental Crown procedure
During your first visit at Ridgeview Family Dental, in preparation for a dental crown, your dentist may take a few X-rays to check the roots of the tooth receiving the crown and surrounding bone.
The tooth receiving the crown is filed down along the chewing surface and sides to make room for the crown. The amount of the tooth removed depends on the type of crown used. If, on the other hand, a large area of the tooth is missing (due to decay or damage), your dentist will use filling material to “build up” the tooth to support the crown.
After reshaping the tooth, your dentist will make an impression of the tooth to receive the crown. While the crown is getting created, your dentist will make a temporary crown to cover and protect the prepared tooth. Temporary crowns are usually made of acrylic and are held in place using a temporary cement.
For your second visit, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and check the fit and color of the permanent crown. If everything is acceptable and the patient is comfortable with the crown, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the tooth and the new crown is permanently cemented in place.
How long is a crown supposed to last?
The life span of a crown depends on the amount of “wear and tear” the crown is exposed to and the overall personal mouth habits (Teeth grinding, nail bitting, etc.) and the oral hygiene of the patient.
Dental Crowns Patient Review
I found the staff and Dentist to be quite friendly and very informative. I left confident that my best interest was their priority. This is the beginning of a lasting and trustworthy relationship. Every person there was cheerful and helpful. All my questions were answered. Thank you so much for your personal aspect as well. I very much appreciate that you specifically indicated that the choice was mine to have two crowns placed. There was no pressure. This is important to me. I am very grateful to have found this group of wonderful dental health providers.
Rown L. -2/2018
Dental Crowns complications
- Discomfort or sensitivity
- Chipped crown
- Loose crown
- Crown falls off
- Dark line on crowned tooth next to the gum line