Your smile is a precious asset. While pearly white and shiny teeth give you a beautiful smile and an attractive personality, crooked or stained teeth can prove to your smile’s worst enemy. If you have grossly damaged or chipped teeth, then dental crowns are the best option to restore dental function and facial esthetics.
What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are cap-shaped structures which sit on the visible part of the tooth structure. They are used for hiding cosmetic tooth defects, and to restore the structure and function of damaged teeth.
What are Different Types of Dental Crowns?
At Metro Dental, we offer three different types of dental crowns based on the materials they are prepared from:
Metal Crowns – these crowns are prepared from metal alloys. Although they possess excellent strength and durability, their metallic appearance is an aesthetic concern from many patients. Therefore, they are not commonly used, especially for the restoration of front teeth.
Porcelain Crowns – these crowns are prepared from tooth-colored porcelains. As a result, they possess lifelike aesthetics and sufficient durability. These crowns are used for restoring teeth in patients who are highly conscious about their appearance.
Metal-Porcelain Crowns – these crowns combine the strength of metal alloys with aesthetics of porcelain crowns. Their substructure is made of metallic alloys which are coated with a tooth-colored porcelain material.
Who can Benefit from Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are ideal for treating the following aesthetic and functional dental problems:
Grossly Damaged Teeth – whether your teeth were damaged because of cavities or due to trauma, dental crowns can be used to reinforce them and restore the aesthetics.
Teeth Stains – dental crowns are also an excellent option for masking permanent teeth stains which cannot be removed with professional whitening procedures.
Heavily Filled Teeth – heavily filled teeth are at a higher risk of fracturing under the weight of the filling material. To prevent spontaneous fracture of these teeth, Dr. Lynn recommends that these teeth should be restored with dental crowns.
After Root Canal Treatment – after a root canal treatment, teeth become weak and fragile. Therefore, these teeth should be reinforced with dental crowns as soon as the healing of the surgical site has taken place.
How are Dental Crowns Prepared?
During your first visit, Dr. Lynn will perform a detailed clinical examination. She will also look at x-ray image of your teeth to assess the extent of the damage. During your next appointment, Dr. Lynn will remove a thin layer of the affected tooth to shape it so that it can receive the crown. She will then make impressions of your teeth and send them to the laboratory.
While your crown is being prepared, Dr. Lynn will place a temporary crown to restore the aesthetics. During the next appointment, Dr. Lynn will try the prepared crown on the tooth without bonding it. If everything goes well during the try-in stage, she will permanently attach the crown to the prepared tooth with adhesive cement. That’s it. Say hello to a beautiful smile.
if you want to say goodbye to your crooked and damaged teeth, and you want to enjoy healthy and milky white teeth, then porcelain crowns are your best option. Visit us today and let us give you the smile of your dreams!