Dental crowns are common. In fact, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry 15 million people in the United States have crowns to replace missing teeth. If you think you might need a crown, contact Mitchell Wechsler, DDS, and the experienced dentists at Legacy Dental Group: A Wechsler Family Practice, or book an appointment online. Legacy Dental Group: A Wechsler Family Practice is conveniently located in Simi Valley, California.
A crown is a piece of metal, plastic, ceramic, or porcelain that covers a damaged tooth. It's shaped to look like the natural tooth and can enhance the tooth's appearance and stability. The crown fits over the tooth and is cemented into place so that the original tooth is completely encased.
There are a number of reasons Legacy Dental Group: A Wechsler Family Practice's knowledgeable dentists might recommend a crown. A crown can cover a dark or misshapen tooth or a dental implant.
In addition to making a tooth more aesthetically appealing, a crown can serve a practical purpose by strengthening a natural tooth. Teeth that are weakened by decay or extremely large fillings are at risk of breaking unless they're strengthened with a crown.
Whether you need a crown for cosmetic reasons or to strengthen weakened or broken teeth, a dental crown can protect teeth.
Dental crowns can be constructed from many materials, including:
The choice of material depends on multiple factors. For example, stainless steel is usually the preferred material for temporary crowns. Prefabricated stainless steel crowns are a frequent choice for children who have decayed baby teeth and need crowns.
Metal crowns are sturdy and able to withstand the force of chewing and eating, but because of their noticeable color, they're commonly used on teeth in the rear of the mouth.
Porcelain fused to metal crowns looks more like natural teeth than metal crowns but have some drawbacks. For example, the opposing teeth may endure more wear than they would with other types of crowns, and the metal portion of the crown may show as a dark line near the gums.
All-ceramic crowns are the best choice for patients who have metal sensitivities. All resin crowns are one of the most affordable crown options, but they're also more susceptible to cracking.
A dental crown procedure typically involves two visits to the dentist, at a minimum. During the first visit, your Legacy Dental Group: A Wechsler Family Practice professional takes some X-rays to evaluate the condition of the tooth in question.
Next, the dentist will administer anesthesia, then build up or file down the original tooth so that the crown will attach securely. After that, the dentist will make an impression of your teeth, which will be sent to the dental lab and used to construct a custom crown. Your dentist will fabricate a temporary crown to safeguard your tooth until the permanent crown is completed and in place.
Would you like to learn more about dental crowns? Think you might need a crown replaced? Contact the experienced professionals at Legacy Dental Group: A Wechsler Family Practice or make an appointment online.