A crown is a tooth-shaped cover that is placed over a tooth to restore its size, shape, function, and strength. When placed, the crown envelops the entire portion of a tooth that lies above your gumline.
Types of Crowns
Regular crowns can be made of several different kinds of material including all-resin, all-ceramic, porcelain-fused-with-metal, all-base metal, silver, or gold. There are several benefits and limitations for each kind of material, so you should discuss your options with Dr. Jonathan Golab and to determine which type of crown is the most appropriate for you.
Why Do You Need Dental Crowns?
A dental crown may be used for a variety of reasons. Some of them are:
Stainless steel crowns are also recommended for children who have severely decayed or damaged teeth which cannot be supported by a filling alone. These crowns drop off when the primary tooth gives way to an adult tooth.
Procedure Involved in Fitting a Crown
The procedure for fitting a dental crown usually requires two visits. During the first appointment, we will examine your tooth to see if it can support a crown. If your tooth is infected, we may suggest a root canal therapy first.
We will first take an impression of your mouth and teeth and select the material and the color for your crown. The mold and the specifications will then be sent to a dental laboratory to fabricate your crown.
To accommodate the crown, the enamel of the affected tooth will be eroded down. The amount of tooth filed depends on the material the crown will be made from. Metal crowns are thinner and do not need as much enamel to be filed as all-porcelain of PFM crowns. If too much tooth structure is lost to support the crown, the tooth will first need to be built up with a filling material so that the crown can be seated on it. A temporary crown is placed on top of the tooth as a protective device until your permanent crown is ready. This can take two to three weeks.
Once the crown has been fabricated, you will be called for a second appointment. The temporary crown will be taken out, and the permanent crown will be cemented into place.
Do Crowns Require Special Care?
One of the biggest advantages of a crown is that it does not require any special care. All you need to do is to brush and floss your teeth diligently and use mouthwash after every meal. Note that even though the crown itself is protected from decay, the gums that surround it are not, and if you do not take care of your oral health, bacteria may re-infect the tooth.
If you believe you need a crown, contact us at (469) 444-7919 and schedule an appointment with us. We will check your oral condition and let you know the appropriate plan of action.