Sometimes referred to as a ‘tooth cap’ or ‘dental caps’, this is a restorative dental procedure that fully encloses the outer surface of the damaged tooth. Crowns are usually recommended for dental patients who have missing teeth, broken teeth or teeth which have been significantly weakened by dental cavities or large fillings.
Unlike dental fillings, inlays and onlays, a crown encloses the whole visible tooth above the gum-line. Onlays, inlays, and fillings on the other hand just fill in or cover a portion of the tooth.
A crown can be either porcelain or metal. Sometimes, it can be a combination of both materials. The metal used can be gold or other metal alloys. After cementing into place, a crown becomes the outer surface of the affected tooth or teeth.
Dental crowns have been restoring damaged teeth for decades. They can improve the functioning, the shape, and the appearance of teeth. They can be anterior crowns (covering the visible front teeth) or posterior crowns (covering the back or chewing teeth).
Gold crowns are usually for the back teeth while porcelain crowns are usually for the visible or front teeth. This is because porcelain crowns can be made to match the appearance of the teeth and are hence more suitable for front teeth. However, this may depend on the preference of the patient.
A dentist will first examine your oral health and determine whether or not dental crowns are suitable for you. He will then prepare the decayed o damaged tooth and take impressions of your tooth or teeth. A technician in a dental laboratory will use the impressions to precisely visualize your bite and jaw structure. We then cement your crowns onto your teeth in a separate dental appointment.
If would like more information on crowns, call us today at 817-500-5288. Feel free to ask any questions; we are always happy to be of help.