Why Do I Need a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is very versatile in its possible applications. At its core, it is a strong and durable cap placed over a tooth for protection. Sometimes crowns are used to cover up cosmetic issues like discoloration.
Most often, they are used for restorative purposes to hold a broken tooth together or provide additional strength to a weakened and vulnerable tooth. When a tooth has fractured up to the gum line or has a large cavity, crowns are a great alternative to large fillings.
Large fillings require removing most of the tooth’s structure and they are not as durable and long-lasting. Crowns are also used to complete other tooth restorations such as bridges and implants to replace missing teeth.
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How It Works: The Dental Crown Placement Process
Your dentist in Oviedo, FL will perform an oral exam and take x-rays to assess the state of your tooth and determine if a dental crown is needed.
An enameloplasty involves filing down your tooth enamel to prepare the tooth to receive a dental crown. We file down and shape the surfaces of your tooth so there is enough space to fit a dental crown.
Impressions of your teeth are sent to a dental lab that fabricates your dental crown. A few weeks later, you will return for your official crown. During this appointment, you will receive a temporary crown.
After checking the appearance and fit of the crown, if it is satisfactory, we will cement the crown to your tooth.
Types of Dental Crowns
Your dental crown is made with the help of an outside dental lab. After determining the reason for your crown, we can decide on the ideal material for your dental crown. If you want a tooth-colored crown, we will use a shade guide to match your crown to your natural teeth.
After preparing the teeth in shape and size to receive dental crowns, we will take digital scans or impressions of your teeth that are sent to a dental lab that uses these as a model to create your crown.
An immediate temporary crown will be placed during your first appointment because it will take a few weeks for your crown to be fabricated. This temporary one will protect your tooth in the meantime. Once your crown is ready, you’ll return for another appointment and we will bond it to your tooth.
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How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
This can vary greatly depending on many different factors. You would need to take into account the material the crown is made of, the type of tooth it is placed over, how much of the tooth structure is missing, and wear and tear.
The most durable and long-lasting crowns are made of metal and zirconia materials. Porcelain and ceramic are much more fragile and prone to chips and cracks. The rear molars withstand a lot more chewing forces than the front teeth, so it’s especially important to use durable and strong crowns in these teeth.
Pros and Cons of Dental Crowns vs Dental Bridge
Dental crowns are great at protecting vulnerable, broken, and damaged teeth. They offer considerable strength and durability to teeth that have been weakened from dental trauma, tooth decay, and invasive treatments.
The crown prevents your tooth from becoming further damaged so you can eat your food without worrying about breaking your teeth. A dental bridge is great for replacing one or a few missing teeth.
They utilize dental crowns to anchor the bridge, but also suspend a pontic tooth to replace a missing tooth in the middle. Crowns can be placed over existing teeth, but they can’t be used alone to replace missing teeth.