A dental crown fills multiple purposes, from restoring cracked or damaged teeth and replacing missing teeth, to hiding cosmetic problems. The team at DentalHome has improved the smiles of many patients by providing crowns that are both beautiful and functional at their offices in Duluth and Commerce, Georgia. Schedule an appointment online or by phone today to learn more about crowns.
A crown is a dental restoration that can be used to replace a missing tooth or cover an existing tooth. Your dentist at DentalHome may recommend a dental crown to:
A dental crown can also be customized to improve the appearance of slightly crooked or uneven teeth.
Dental crowns are made from resin or porcelain, and either material can be custom-shaded to perfectly match your natural teeth. Porcelain is often the preferred material for a crown because it resists staining and lasts longer than resin. Porcelain also has a translucent quality that makes it nearly an identical match to natural tooth enamel.
If you need a crown for a molar, it may be made from a combination of metal and porcelain. The strength of metal holds up to the pressure of chewing, while porcelain on the outer portion of the crown makes it look natural.
The preparation for a crown begins with a thorough exam and X-rays to be sure you don’t need any dental problems repaired before the crown is installed.
If your crown will replace a missing tooth, your dentist at DentalHome first inserts a dental implant. An implant procedure includes surgically inserting a rod into the bone and letting it heal before the crown is attached.
When your crown is intended to cover an existing tooth, your dentist prepares the tooth by reshaping the tooth and removing some of the enamel. This allows the crown to fit perfectly over the tooth.
After the preparation work is finished, your dentist takes an impression of your teeth and sends it to the dental lab that’s producing your crown. When the crown is finished, you’ll come back to the office so it can be permanently attached to the implant or tooth.
You can extend the life of your crown by practicing good dental hygiene. When you brush and floss twice daily, you prevent bacteria from building up where the crown meets your gum. Although crowns are strong and functional, you should avoid biting down on hard objects like ice cubes.
If you’d like to learn more about dental crowns, schedule an appointment at DentalHome online or by phone today.