At Middle Creek Dental, we are passionate about helping you fight all of your oral health battles and come out victorious! Sometimes teeth will suffer damage or decay that leaves them in danger of structural failure. When such an event occurs, we like to protect the tooth by placing a dental crown on top of the tooth.
Dental crowns are like little caps that fit over the top of your tooth, looking and acting just like a natural tooth while protecting it from damage. We are proud to offer a wide variety of dental crown restorations to our patients and want you to know that you are always in good hands when you come to Middle Creek Dental.
What is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are dental restorations that are made to sit on the top of a damaged tooth, to protect it from further damage. Dental crowns allow you to eat and speak as you did with your natural, healthy teeth. Crowns can be made out of a variety of different materials, depending on the tooth that is being restored.
The Materials We Can Use To Make Dental Crowns
We use a wide variety of different materials to craft dental crowns. Some of the most popular materials are:
Porcelain and Porcelain Fused to Metal (PFM)
Porcelain is an extremely popular material when it comes to dental restorations because of how closely it mimics the aesthetics of real teeth. Light plays off of porcelain in much the same way it does with natural teeth, and porcelain is even better at resisting staining than natural teeth.
Because of how closely it matches the aesthetic of natural teeth, porcelain is a great option for dental crowns that will be replacing teeth that are featured in your smile.
Because porcelain is not the strongest of dental restoration materials, we will sometimes create a metal base and fuse porcelain to the surface of the metal, which makes a great restoration for a molar that experiences high bite forces.
Ceramic and Ceramic Fused to Metal (CFM)
Ceramics like zirconia have become quite popular in dentistry over the past few decades because they offer a great mix of strength, durability, and aesthetics.
Ceramics can be made to look quite similar to a real tooth, so it will be almost impossible to tell the difference between the ceramic restoration and your natural teeth.
Ceramics are strong, but when we need added strength, we can fuse ceramics to a metal base to create a ceramic fused to metal crown.
Gold has been used in dentistry for thousands of years because it is long lasting and extremely durable. Gold has been said to feel the most similar to a natural tooth. Many people find gold restorations to be beautiful and prefer them over other, more natural looking dental crowns.
Dental Crown Placement Procedure
It takes two visits to our office to place a dental crown. During the first visit, we will prepare the tooth to receive the dental crown by shaving some of the enamel off of the outside of the tooth.
Because enamel does not grow back, this is a permanent procedure. We will then place a temporary crown over your tooth to allow you to eat and speak as you normally would while you wait for the permanent dental crown to be fabricated.
On your second visit to our office, we will remove the temporary dental crown and place the permanent one with a special dental adhesive. We will make sure that the crown fits into your bite properly and that will complete your dental crown placement procedure.
What Are the Benefits of a Crown?
Dental crowns are very prominent for creating brilliant smiles. A crown can make a difference as it helps to save your natural tooth from being extracted. There are several benefits of getting a crown placed.
Crowns help relieve discomfort and normally, crowns are used when repairing structural or enamel damage and to complete a restorative treatment. These problems can cause your tooth to become very sensitive to pressure or temperature.
Once the issue is addressed with a root canal, a filling, or other treatment, the other thing remaining is to protect your tooth. A dental crown can help to reduce sensitivity and protect your tooth from further damage.
Crowns help to enhance the appearance of your tooth. Dental crowns are mostly used in restorative procedures. They are used to fit over a tooth making them useful in correcting crookedness, fractures, misshapen teeth, cracks, chips, staining, and discoloration.
As a result, it makes it useful for attractive dental treatment.
Crowns are manufactured using materials that have a long lifespan. If you maintain your dental crown perfectly, it can last for about 15 years. There are several factors that affect crown longevity including a person’s oral hygiene.
When Would You Need A Dental Crown?
If your tooth has a major cavity, the common treatment is usually a filling.
However, if the cavity has too much decay or damage for filling treatment to be successful, then an onlay or inlay can be used to restore the tooth.
Nevertheless, if the whole tooth is badly damaged and there isn’t enough of it left to support an onlay, inlay, or filling, then a dental crown could be the perfect solution.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
On average, dental crowns can last between five to 15 years depending on how well they are taken care of.
How is a Crown Attached to a Dental Implant?
Attaching a dental crown to an implant is very simple. The dentist uses two methods to place it.
The first method is using dental cement to attach the crown to the abutment and this is known as cemented crowns.
The second method is using a small screw to enter the crown top into the abutment. This process is called screw-retained dental crowns.
Schedule for Your Dental Crown Today!
If you are considering having a dental crown, and are in the Nampa, ID area, reach us at (208) 505-9975 today to schedule an appointment for your crowns.