We at Loretto Family Dentistry, are experts in fixing dental devices including crowns. Our dental crown services are not only professional but also affordable. Read on for more information on dental crowns and how to book an appointment at our office.
What Is A Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped covering for the top of your tooth. These devices, which resembles a cap, covers the entire tooth - the part of your tooth that is above the gumline. Typically, we use dental crowns to cover a damaged tooth. A damaged tooth is a tooth that is either fractured, weak, worn down, or discolored.
Crowns have cosmetic uses, such as improving the shape, alignment, and appearance of a tooth. We also recommend crowns when a tooth is so decayed that it cannot support fillings. Additionally, crowns are perfect for covering teeth that have undergone a root canal. We use crowns with other dental devices too. For instance, we need a crown to attach a bridge. Similarly, we might use a crown to cover a dental implant.
Types of Dental Crowns
At our office, your options are all-porcelain, all-metal, and porcelain-fused-to-metal. Alloys with a high content of gold, silver, and platinum make all-metal crowns. Cheaper alternatives use base-metal alloys such, as nickel-chromium or cobalt-chromium. All-metal crowns are highly durable.
All-porcelain crowns, unlike all-metal, match the natural color of teeth. They are the best option for people with metal allergies. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are metal crowns covered by porcelain to provide the natural look of teeth. These crowns combine the durability of metal and the appealing look of porcelain.
The Procedure For Getting A Dental Crown
A crown requires at least two visits at our office. The first step is examining the tooth that is to receive the crown. Here, we are looking for decay, injuries to the inner layer of the tooth (pulp), and any other risk of infection. If we find any of those things, first we need to conduct a root canal.
The next step is making room for the crown. We do that by filing down the exterior of your tooth. The extent of the filing down is dependent on the type of crown. All-metal crowns are thinner; therefore, they require less room compared to porcelain, and porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns.
In some cases, such as a decayed tooth, too much of the tooth is missing. As such, there is not enough tooth structure to fuse the crown on. Instead of filing down, we build-up tooth structure using dental filling material. The next step is creating an impression of the tooth to receive the crown. Why? Because we want to create a crown that will fit without affecting your bite.
We send the impression to our lab and begin designing and manufacturing the crown. The manufacturing takes a maximum of two weeks. Meanwhile, we place a temporary crown on the tooth that is going to get a crown. We call the second appointment the “crown placement” appointment. It is a short visit during which we will fuse the crown to your tooth.
The first step is removing the temporary crown. We then place the new crown on your tooth to see how well it fits. We might have to remove and replace several times as we make adjustments. After achieving a perfect fit, we permanently fuse the new crown to your tooth using cement. After we scrape off any excess cement, you are good to go. For more information on dental crowns, or to book an appointment call Loretto Family Dentistry at (940) 287-3535 now.
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