The outer portion of a tooth, used to chew food, is referred to as the “crown.” When this part of the tooth becomes damaged, a replacement crown can be set in place to restore the tooth to its original shape, strength and appearance.
There are many reasons why crowns are placed, including:
- severe tooth decay
- a tooth that might fracture
- adding strength to an already fractured tooth
- to improve the look of an existing tooth
- to help support a bridge
- to improve a natural bite
- to strengthen the results of a root canal
There are several types of crowns available:
Stainless steel crowns – this type of crown is temporary and protects the tooth while the permanent crown is being manufactured.
Metal – made of gold, platinum or a base-metal alloy, like cobalt-chromium and nickel-chromium, this type of crown is tough enough to handle extensive chewing and will, most likely, last the longest. The only drawback is the metal color.
Porcelain – with the porcelain substance fused to metal, this crown can be matched to the original color of your teeth. While this crown looks most like normal teeth, this crown can chip or break easily and can also discolor your gums.
Resin – while this crown is less expensive, it does have a tendency to wear down over time and is sensitive to fractures.
All-ceramic crown – also known as an all-porcelain crown, this crown also has a natural color and is very effective for people who have a metal allergy. This crown can also be used for front or back teeth.
The procedure used in crown restoration typically includes the following:
- preparing the tooth, in its damaged or weakened condition, to be a strong core for the final crown
- restoring and reshaping the tooth under a local anesthetic
- obtaining an exact registration and impression of the prepared tooth
- creating a temporary coverage crown and setting this in place while the laboratory specialists artfully manufacture the permanent crown
The follow-up visit is much more simple and quick, and involves:
- removal of the temporary crown
- making sure the permanent crown matches the natural color and look of your original teeth
- the numbing of the surrounding area
- placement of the crown
Crowns are a wonderful answer to what could be a lifetime of living with a substandard tooth that could cause increased pain, further decay and an unsightly look.
Call Midtown Dentistry, at 918.743.8539, and let us help reduce pain and give you a better look today by placing an affordable crown today.