Dental crowns are used to cap a tooth that has been damaged. Dental crowns come in a variety of materials which each have their benefits, though some do look more natural than others. Crowns are strong and, depending on the material you get, they can last from five to 15 years or more. In addition to the various materials available, there are also several different types of crowns. The type of crown you get will depend on your specific condition. At McDonald DDS, we can explain the types of crowns and materials available and assist you in choosing the right one.
The Importance of Crowns
The most important benefit of a crown is restoring function and preventing further infection after dental procedures. They assist you with eating, speaking, and other daily activities that can be difficult with a damaged or missing tooth. In addition to the functional benefit, crowns can look very similar to your own teeth and give you a more natural look.
The type of crown you get and the material used will be dependent on several factors, which our dentist will explain to you. Some of these factors include tooth function, location in the mouth, look of the crown, and color of the surrounding teeth. Crowns come in a variety of materials such as porcelain, ceramic, zirconia, gold and base metal alloys, and composite resin. You may also get a crown made of a combination of these materials, such as porcelain fused to metal. Gold and base metal alloys are the most durable crown material available. However, these do not blend with the natural teeth. Cosmetically, ceramic and porcelain crowns are your best option. These are more brittle than metals, though, so consider the function that the tooth needs to serve.
Types of Crowns
There are several types of crowns available; full, temporary, one-day, and three-quarter. Full crowns provide a cap for the entire tooth and are placed permanently. Temporary crowns are used as a placeholder while a permanent crown is being manufactured. One-day crowns, or same-day crowns, are the same type of crown you would get with a full crown. The only difference is that it is made the same day as your impression is made. Three-quarter crowns are similar to onlays and they are used when you do not need a full crown.
Depending on the type of crown you get, it may take several appointments to complete. Traditionally, you can expect two separate appointments. During your first appointment, our dentist will x-ray the tooth and make a mold of your mouth prior to any changes being made. After this, they will file the tooth and remove part of the outer layer, and make a second impression of the tooth. These impressions are sent to a dental lab for processing. At this appointment, our dentist will also place a temporary crown. After a few weeks, our office will receive the crown and we can schedule your second appointment. Here, our dentist will place the new crown using a more permanent dental cement.
To schedule a crown procedure, call McDonald DDS at (469) 649-0699 today.