Dental crowns are prosthetic restorations that fully cup the tooth structure present above the gum line. They are permanently bonded to natural teeth to treat chips, cracks, fractures, and discoloration. Crowns are also known to strengthen and stabilize the teeth they are bonded to.
Primarily, there are four types of crowns as listed below.
1. All-metal crowns
All-metal crowns are fabricated from alloys of either gold or silver. They possess great strength and are highly durable, which enables them to easily withstand the chewing and biting force. They are used to restore back teeth that aren't easily visible.
2. All-ceramic crowns
All-ceramic crowns are made from tooth-colored porcelain, which makes them look and feel like natural teeth. They are used to restore front teeth, which are known as the social six. Their tooth-colored nature enables them to easily blend in with the natural teeth.
3. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are an amalgamation of all-metal and all-ceramic crowns. They are tooth-colored and also possess the strength and resilience of the all-metal crowns.
4. Performed crowns
Performed crowns are stainless steel crowns, which are used as temporaries to fill for the permanent crowns. They are also used to cover the baby-teeth in children to protect them from decay and damage.
How are dental crowns placed?
First appointment :
1. Numbing the damaged tooth
The placement of a dental crown does not cause pain but to avoid any discomfort during the procedure, your doctor will numb your tooth using an anesthetic.
2. Preparing the tooth for receiving the crown
The damaged tooth is filed to make room for the crown. For this, the enamel is minimally trimmed and reshaped from all sides to prepare the tooth for receiving the crown.
3. An impression of the prepared tooth
Digital impressions of the prepared tooth are taken to custom-fabricate a crown to match the color, shape, and size of the natural tooth. The impression is then forwarded to a dental laboratory, which custom-fabricates dental crowns.
4. Placing a temporary crown
A temporary crown is placed over the prepared tooth for the time period the permanent crown is being prepared. It protects the prepared teeth from wearing down and shifting.
Second appointment :
5. Removal of the temporary crown
Once the permanent crown has been fabricated, you will be called to the dentist's office. Your dentist will remove the temporary crown and clean the underlying tooth to remove traces of the temporary cement.
6. Placement of the final crown
If you are satisfied with the fit (color, size, and shape) of the permanent crown, your dentist will cement it in place using a permanent dental adhesive.
We, at LaCanne Family Dental, Menominee, provide for all your needs pertaining to dental services and routine exams. Our dentists with their entire team persist to present you with exceptional treatment that enhances and maintains the beauty of your smile.
If you have any further question, queries or dental emergencies and are looking for an accomplished dentist, feel free to contact us at (906) 352-4100 to schedule an appointment.