Do you have a misshapen or discolored tooth that you would like to get fixed? Or perhaps, a weak tooth that you fear may break? If so, our professional dental team at All Dental Tampa has the perfect solution that may fix your problems – dental crowns. Not only can they strengthen your teeth, they also improve their looks greatly.
What is a dental crown and when is it needed?
A dental crown, also known as a “cap” is a fixed prosthetic material that is placed over a damaged tooth. You may need a dental crown if:
- You have a weak tooth that needs protection to prevent fracturing
- You have a fractured tooth that needs restoring
- You have a tooth with a large filling, but not much of the tooth remains
- You have a discolored or misshapen tooth you want covered
- You have a dental implant that needs to be covered
- You have a dental bridge that needs to be held in place
As you can see, apart from restoring strength and function to your teeth, dental crowns also greatly improve their shapes, alignments, structures and overall appearance. When the crowns are cemented into their places, they cover the entire visible portion of the tooth, that is, till your gum line. Usually, ceramic, porcelain or zerconium crowns are used, as they can be made to match the color of your existing, natural teeth. As alloys are stronger, they are generally used to create caps for back teeth.
The professionals at All Dental Tampa specialize in cosmetic dentistry and are highly experienced in the application of dental crowns.
What are the different types of dental crowns?
As per your requirement and preference, there are various kinds of dental crowns available for you. Once you visit All Dental Tampa, a member of our professional dental team will help you decide which one is most suitable for you. Here are the various types of dental crowns:
Zirconia is a very strong material which is compatible with the human body. Zirconia is known for its strength and durability. It is a type of crystal which is virtually indestructible and lasts a very long time. It is safe to use and preferred by many people to other forms of crowns.
- All-porcelain or All-ceramic
All porcelain or all-ceramic crowns provide a color that looks most like natural teeth. Plus, they are an ideal option if you have any allergies to metal. For this reason, they are one of the most common types of dental crowns among patients. They are also suitable for both back and front teeth.
Other types of dental crowns
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns can be made to match the color of your natural teeth. However, they are not as durable and the porcelain part of the crown may break and chip. Opposing teeth may be worn down as a result too.
They are commonly used both for front and back teeth and are also a good choice when you need long dental bridges. The metals provide the strength required for such length. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are the closest to natural teeth in terms of appearance, right after all-ceramic crowns.
- All-resin crowns
These are perhaps the most inexpensive of all dental crown types. The downside is that they are not very long-lasting and durable. Compared to other crowns like porcelain-fused-to-metals, they may also be more easily chipped or fractured.
What is the procedure like?
Usually, the procedure involves two dentist visits. First, you will have to book an appointment with a member of our dental professional team to examine the condition of your tooth and prepare it for the crown. The dentist may check the roots and surrounding bone of the tooth to be crowned by taking X-rays. In the event of a serious decay or a risk of injury or infection to the pulp of the tooth, you may have to undergo a root canal treatment before the cap can be placed.
If no such issue is found, then your tooth and surrounding gum will be anesthetized to make it numb. The dentist will then carefully file down your tooth (or fill it if you have damage or decay) to shape it so it can accommodate the crown properly.
After reshaping is done, your tooth impression will be taken either digitally or using a paste. These impressions are then sent to the dental lab so your permanent crown can be made to fit your tooth. While you wait for your permanent crown to be ready, a temporary crown will be used to cover your tooth.
After a few weeks, the permanent crown will be ready. This is when you will have to go for a second dentist visit. If no issues regarding to size, color and fit are found, your temporary crown will be removed and replaced by your permanent crown.
Contact us today to find out more or to schedule an appointment with one of our dental professionals.