Everything You Need To Know About Dental Crowns
What are dental crowns?
If you are bothered by one or more teeth that are affected by chips, cracks, stains, decay or other damage, a dental crown may be recommended by your local mandurah dentist, Peel Dental Studio. This is a solution that offers both cosmetic and oral health benefits by covering a tooth to help restore it to its natural shape, size and function.
A dental crown is often made of porcelain and is carefully crafted to hide unsightly tooth discoloration while making it stronger. It is designed to blend seamlessly to the rest of the natural tooth in terms of color, shape, size and texture as if you haven’t undergone procedure.
What is the difference between dental crowns and veneers?
When it comes to restoring and improving your smile, you have several options two of these are: Dental Crowns and Veneers. While they both provide the same cosmetic end result, veneers only cover the front surface of a tooth whereas dental crowns cover an entire tooth and can make it stronger.
What is a Dental Bridge?
In some cases, dental crowns are also used to secure a dental bridge. As the name suggests, this literally bridges a gap caused by one or more teeth missing teeth. It consists of false teeth called pontics, supported by two or more crowns on the adjacent teeth. The pontics are usually made of porcelain, gold, alloys or a combination of these materials.
Different Types of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are typically made from five types of materials: metal, ceramic, resin, porcelain-fused-to-metal or porcelain.
Metal Dental Crowns
These crowns are made from alloy metals that mainly consist of gold and other base metal alloys. These tend to be more durable and do not cause damage to the tooth. The downside to this option is that it has a metallic colour and may only be a good choice for molars.
Porcelain-Fused-Metal Dental Crowns
A combination of porcelain and metal makes this crown an extremely durable option. It can also be made to match the natural teeth however, the porcelain is still susceptible to chipping and may cause wearing to the adjacent teeth.
Ceramic Dental Crowns
In terms of ability to blend with the natural teeth colour. Ceramic is a popular choice. This crown is made of a porcelain base material and is an ideal option for restoring the front teeth. However, they are not as strong as metal crowns.
Porcelain Dental Crowns
This crown also works well for replicating the look of natural tooth colour. However this is more likely susceptible to pressure caused by teeth grinding or bruxism.
Resin Dental Crown
These crowns are made of resin and are less expensive than other options, however, they are more likely to be subjected to fractures that may wear over time.
Dental Crown Procedure
A dental crown procedure usually requires two separate visits to the dentist over the course of two to three weeks.
Your dentist will assess the tooth to determine whether it can support the treatment. Then, the tooth is prepared to allow receiving the prosthetics. The amount of tooth removed depends on the type of crown used, the load the crown will receive from the other, opposing teeth as well as other considerations
Once the tooth is ready to receive the crown, your dentist will then make an accurate impression of the prepared tooth, and the crown can be constructed using this record.
By the end of your first visit, a temporary crown will be installed to protect the tooth while the permanent crown is being made.
Once the permanent crown is finished, you will have your second visit. Here, the temporary crown is removed and the dentist will fit the permanent prosthetics.
If everything fits well, the new crown will be permanently fixed in place.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
- Long-Lasting Protection – this treatment provides protection to damaged teeth, keeping them from further deterioration. In fact, crowns are studied to last longer than other treatments.
- Maintains Balanced Bite – Keeping a properly-aligned bite is important to your oral health and dental crowns ensure that your upper and lower teeth will meet properly.
- Whitens Teeth – Porcelain and ceramic crowns restore the natural colour of the tooth. In addition, these materials are typically stain-resistant, which prevents future discoloration.
- Hides Imperfections – Since crowns address damaged, chipped, or cracked teeth, it works well in covering imperfections.
- Improves Smile – Additionally, receiving a dental crown will help restore your natural smile without any discomfort since it behaves more like a natural tooth.
- Provides pain relief – placing a dental crown can alleviate uncomfortable symptoms of tooth damage.
Nerve Damage – preparing the tooth for a dental crown can result in nerve damage particularly if the tooth is over prepared. A root canal therapy or complete removal of the nerve of the tooth may be required before the crown is placed.
- Destructive – likewise, dental crown treatment is quite invasive as it involves filing down a tooth. It may wear down the enamel of the opposing tooth, causing sensitivity, damage or other issues.
- Further Repair – In cases when a crown is not properly fitted, there is a chance that more problems will arise. These include further decay on the tooth, crown displacement, gum infection or a jaw joint disorder.
Who Should Perform Dental Crown Treatment?
The risk of the complications of receiving dental crowns can be greatly reduced by ensuring that you will only undergo such treatment with an experienced dentist. After all, a crown placement involves procedures that need to be done properly.
Dr. Ross Bailey of Peel Dental Studio has been providing dental services to the local Mandurah Area for the last 35 years. So you know you are in good hands. He’s won several awards and has been recognised by some of the international dental institutions for his past work.
If you want to talk about how Dental Crowns can benefit you. Speak to our friendly, professional staff on 08 9535 4900.