Dental crowns are high on the list of the most used restorative dental procedures. One major benefit of having a dental crown placed is that your natural tooth root is saved. The tooth roots prevent jawbone atrophy, meaning they can spare you from the dreaded “caved-in” look of some elderly individuals. Other advantages include decreased sensitivity, improved oral function, restored bite, durability, and improved aesthetics.
At Chisholm Trail Smile Center in Duncan, OK, Dr. Matthew L. Bridges can create and place a temporary stainless-steel crown during your first appointment. Impressions of your mouth are sent to a dental lab where your permanent crown is made. The permanent crown will be placed at your next dental appointment.
What is a dental crown?
A crown is basically a cap that is placed over your natural tooth or placed on top of a dental implant where your natural tooth should be. The cap is created based on the following criteria:
- The visibility of the tooth
- The position of gum tissue
- The tooth’s location and function
- Your personal preference
Dr. Bridges will also suggest a material that is most beneficial to your oral needs. Dental crowns can be created using the following materials:
- Ceramic: Ceramic, or porcelain crowns, are extremely popular because they look just like a natural tooth. They are recommended for replacing front teeth. However, they are not as durable as other materials.
- Metal: Crowns made from metal are very reliable and durable. Because they are so strong, they are not easily damaged and rarely have to be replaced or fixed. Although not ideal for front teeth because of their appearance, metal alloys are a great option for replacing posterior teeth.
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal: PFM crowns offer the best of both worlds because they are made of a metal base covered with tooth-colored porcelain. One potential problem with PFM crowns is that the surrounding teeth can rub against the ceramic causing the metal to show through.
- Zirconia: This relatively new ceramic-like material is versatile and nearly as strong as metal. Zirconia is so new, in fact, that it is continually being improved for better dental performance.
Remember, during your first appointment, Dr. Bridges will place a temporary stainless-steel crown on the damaged tooth to protect and strengthen the tooth while you wait for your permanent crown.
Why would I need a dental crown?
Dental crowns are a restorative treatment, but they can also have cosmetic benefits. Here are some specific reasons you may need a dental crown:
- To protect a weak tooth from decay
- To restore a broken tooth
- To hold a dental bridge in place
- To mask a misshapen or discolored tooth
- To cover a dental implant
Although dental crowns are an effective option, Dr. Bridges might also recommend other restorative dentistry options like inlays and onlays, dental bridges, root canal therapy, or dental implants. If your tooth is discolored or has a small chip and needs cosmetic treatment, we offer teeth whitening and veneers. Contact us today at 580-255-4880 to learn if any of these restorative or cosmetic treatments are right for you.
Visit Your Duncan, OK Dentist Today
A damaged or decayed tooth often causes unnecessary pain and discomfort. Fortunately, dental crowns are a safe and effective option to relieve you of that pain. Dr. Bridges and our experienced staff are prepared to restore your smile’s health and function. Call our office today at 580-255-4880 to set up an appointment.