If you have chipped, broken or damaged teeth, dental crowns could be an option for you. Your dentist will use a dental crown to protect the tooth from further damage and give its normal function back. They are placed as a response to tooth damage or infection or following other types of dental procedures. Your dentist will give you more information regarding the types of crowns available and whether you need one or not when you schedule your dental cleaning by contacting us at Cherry Hill Dental Smiles.
Why are they important?
Crowns are important because they protect your teeth after any damage has occurred. They prevent infection and further damage as your tooth recovers from any issues you faced. They are used in injuries, cavities, post-op protection after root canals, tooth decay and preparation for dental implants or bridges. One of the reasons crowns are perfect for damaged teeth is because they will look very similar to your natural teeth and will restore your smile. Also, they will give you back normal mouth function to be able to eat and drink again.
Types of crowns
Crowns can be made of different materials. These materials are gold alloys, base metal alloys, porcelain fused to metal and ceramic. Gold alloy and the other types of solid metal are the most durable but also cost the most and do not resemble your natural teeth shape or color. Porcelain fused to metal is the “in-between” of alloys and ceramic. These blend very well with natural teeth and are also stronger than ceramic. Ceramic crowns are the least durable, but they are the most cost-effective and look the most like your existing teeth.
You and your dentist will have a consultation when deciding on a material to use. You will discuss things like cost, functionality, gum and tooth position, the color of your other teeth and how much of your pre-existing tooth remains.
Furthermore, there are different styles of crowns. For example, you can get either a partial or a full crown. The type of crown you receive will depend on some of the factors listed above. Additionally, temporary crowns are another style that may be used while you wait on your permanent crown to come in. These are held in place with a dental adhesive.
The entire procedure will take a few visits to complete. At your first appointment, your dentist will take an x-ray of your teeth and jaw structure and also an impression of your teeth. The x-ray and mold is used to mold the customized crown to your teeth. It will look similar to your natural teeth and overall give you normal function back.
Your dentist will then prepare your tooth by filling it and removing any infected or damaged parts. They will take another impression of the teeth once this is finished to ensure that the permanent crown blends in with your existing structure. You will likely receive a temporary crown to protect your tooth while you wait on the permanent one to be molded in the lab.
After your dentist gets your permanent crown, you will come in for placement. At this time, they will use dental cement to hold the crown in place. This will give it more durability and functionality than your temporary crown had. The entire process will take about a week to complete. Please contact Cherry Hill Dental Smiles by calling 856-528-7177 today. We can take care of all your dental crown needs.