dental crown is a cap that is shaped like a tooth. It is placed over a dental implant or an existing tooth that has been prepped by the dentist. The crown helps to protect the tooth by restoring its shape, strength and appearance. Dental crowns may be considered neccessary to:
- protect weak teeth
- repair a cracked tooth
- restore a worn tooth
- repair a broken tooth
- support a large filling
- hold a dental bridge
- cover discolored teeth
- repair misshapen teeth
- after endodontic treatment
- cover a dental implant
A crown covers the tooth from top to bottom and goes all of the way to the patient’s gum line. Obtaining a temporary dental crown is usually done in our dentist office as a same-day procedure but permanent crowns manufactured off site will require a follow up visit.
What Are Different Types of Dental Crowns?
Permanent crowns are made from a variety of materials such as ceramics, resins, metals, gold alloy, nickel, chromium, or porcelain-fused-metal. These are usually categorized into three (3) categories that include:
- Metal Crowns – The metal crowns can handle a lot of dental pressure from biting and chewing. The metal will last for a long time and minimizes the wear involved. The metal rarely chips or breaks during usage. They are the perfect choice for back teeth or those hidden from view.
- Porcelain Metal-Fused Crowns – Porcelain metal-fused dental crowns can be matched with the color of the patient’s adjacent teeth. However, keep in mind the porcelain is more easily cracked or chipped with normal wear and tear. Metal-fused porcelain crowns are a perfect option for teeth that are easily seen but still need added strength.
- Ceramic Dental Crowns – All-porcelain or all-ceramic dental crowns give patients the ultimate tooth color and these are great for people who suffer with allergies to metal.
A temporary crown is usually made out of stainless steel or acrylic materials. This crown is only for a temporary restoration until the permanent crown is implanted into the patient’s mouth and must be replaced.
We Can Restore Your Beautiful Smile
Your first visit to Grove City Dental will include examining and preparing each tooth using X-ray to check the surrounding bone and tooth root. When Dr. Schumann uses the traditional method of prepping a tooth for a crown, it usually requires two visits depending on your overall dental health. For teeth with extensive decay or those at a high risk of infection, a root canal may needed to eliminate the diseased nerves.
Dental crowns can last up to 15 years depending on the materials used and your normal wear and tear. Following good oral hygiene on a daily basis will keep the teeth surrounding the crown healthy. Dr. Schumann recommends that you brush twice per day as well as floss daily. If you’re embarrassed by damaged or mishappened teeth, call Grove City Dental at (614) 808-1700 or use this website’s convenient form to book your appointment.