Your teeth are strong, but they are not indestructible. Damage to your teeth can have serious consequences on both your appearance and your oral health. If damage goes untreated, it can lead to more severe damage, as well as infections inside the affected teeth. At National Dental Melville, we can help to restore your teeth with dental crowns.
WHAT ARE DENTAL CROWNS?
Damage to your teeth can happen for a variety of reasons. No matter what the reason, this damage can compromise the strength of the affected tooth. It could face splitting, shattering, or serious infection. When your tooth is damaged, a crown may be placed to restore the tooth and prevent the need for an extraction. A crown acts to hold a damaged tooth together, strengthen it and protect it, all at the same time.
MATERIALS USED FOR DENTAL CROWNS
There are several materials that are used for dental crowns. Each material has its strengths and weaknesses:
- Metal crowns. Metal is the strongest material available and is indestructible. It is popular for back teeth, due to its exceptional strength. However, metal crowns do not match the color of your teeth (being either silver or gold in color), and often stand out in your mouth.
- Porcelain fused to metal crowns. PFM crowns combine the strength of metal around the tooth with a porcelain coating on the outside. The porcelain matches the color of your enamel, providing a more aesthetic solution. However, in many cases, a thin metal line shows through the porcelain, giving it away as a restoration.
- Ceramic crowns. Ceramic is the most aesthetic option for dental crowns. It can be designed to perfectly match the color of the rest of your teeth. Ceramic also matches the light reflecting properties of enamel. While it is not the strongest material, it can withstand normal use.
HOW IS A DENTAL CROWN PLACED?
The process for getting a crown typically takes two visits. During your first visit, the affected tooth is prepared. We administer a local anesthetic and remove some of the enamel of the tooth. This will allow sufficient space for your restoration to fit in amongst the rest of your teeth. Once the enamel has been removed, we then take an impression of your mouth. The impression is sent to our lab, where your crown is designed and fabricated. Because this process can take up to two weeks, you will be provided with a temporary crown to protect the tooth while you wait. On your second visit, the crown is checked for fit and cemented into place.
DENTAL CROWN BENEFITS
There are several benefits to restorative crowns:
- They provide strength for teeth that are weak or damaged.
- They protect your teeth from bacterial infections.
- Ceramic crowns provide the additional benefit of blending in seamlessly with the rest of your teeth.
- They protect teeth following a root canal.
- They help you avoid the need for a tooth extraction (and then replacement).
- Crowns can also be used to anchor a dental bridge or cap a dental implant.
- They restore the functions of your teeth.
If you have teeth that have suffered serious damage, crowns can help to restore them, and prevent the need for an extraction. Call National Dental Melville at (631) 816-2277 to schedule your consultation today.