WHAT ARE CROWNS
A crown, also known as a cap, is used to restore a tooth’s appearance and function when a patient has a root canal, a tooth or filling is cracked, or when a filling can’t properly restore the tooth. Crowns are made usually of a high-quality porcelain. They can restore the look and overall function of a tooth and can make your tooth stronger and improve its appearance.
A crown can help strengthen a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining to hold the filling. Crowns can also be used to attach bridges, protect and prevent a weak tooth from breaking or restore a tooth that’s already broken. Also, crowns are a good option to cover teeth that are discolored or badly shaped and can be used to cover a dental implant.
After the initial treatment of the tooth, a temporary crown will be placed for a short period of time. Once the lab is ready with the permanent crown, you will come back into the office for a second visit to have it permanently put into place. The crown will be strong and will work just as you other teeth do. A proper crown, placed by Dr. Basil Saiedy of Green Spring Dental Care, will be comfortable and will look and feel natural. Patients often say they have never had a better experience with a crown that they have at Green Spring Dental Care.
WHY DO YOU NEED CROWNS
When a tooth is weakened either by decay or stress, it is best to fully restore the functionality of the damaged tooth with a dental crown.
Custom built to enclose the weakened tooth, it becomes the new surface of that tooth. We assure the foremost quality in crowns, including the look, the material, and the matching of other teeth in color and natural appearance.
Porcelain crowns are frequently chosen to repair a tooth with excessive decay, teeth that need structural support after a root canal, or teeth that are broken or cracked. Sometimes, crowns are used to simply resolve the appearance of a tooth. As long as the root structure is still intact, it is usually possible to place a crown on the existing tooth to save that tooth.
Three kinds of crowns are offered today by dentists: porcelain (also called dental ceramic), porcelain-fused-to-metal or all-metal crown (usually gold).
BENEFITS OF CROWNS
If you agree that a smile is your personal greeting card when you meet people, then you may need a crown to cover a bad looking or decayed tooth to help restore it to its normal shape and size.
- Natural looking: A porcelain crown is semi-translucent and looks and feels the most like a real tooth.
- Color matched: One of the biggest advantages of porcelain is its ability to be customized into any shape, texture, or color.
- Durable: Dental porcelain is incredibly strong.
- Protective: A porcelain crown helps protect a damaged tooth from further damage or decay, preserving the healthy part of the tooth within. It may also help reduce sensitivity.
- Low maintenance: Unlike with other materials, no special maintenance is needed. Good brushing and flossing habits will keep your dental crown looking new.
- Stain resistant: Porcelain is resistant to stains, so you can keep enjoying your favorite foods and drinks.
- Safe: Complications from porcelain crowns are minimal. Risks include tooth discomfort or sensitivity immediately after the procedure, a chipped or loose crown, or an allergic reaction to the dental materials (extremely rare).
- Comfortable: Because porcelain can be molded to any size and shape, most patients don’t even feel like they’re wearing a crown.
- Functional: Your custom-made crown will cover the damaged tooth and will fit perfectly with your other teeth, allowing you to chew your food better and speak more clearly.
Beautiful: In addition to improving tooth function, a porcelain crown hides unpleasant defects, giving you a flawless restoration.