Crowns are caps placed over a tooth for multiple reasons, including protecting a damaged tooth, strengthening it, and improving its overall look and feel. Crowns are good solutions for teeth weakened by decay, cracks, or other damage, to keep a worn, broken tooth together, to hold a bridge in place, to cover a dental implant, and much more.
There are many different options when it comes to the material of your crown, including:
Ceramic: The most natural look for all crowns, ceramic can be used in both visible teeth and back molars for excellent results.
Resin: These crowns are affordable options, but wear down more quickly over time.
Porcelain fused to metal: The best of both worlds, the porcelain in this option helps mimic the color and look of your surrounding teeth, while the metal provides the strength you need to keep the crown intact.
Metal: Whether it’s gold, platinum, or alloys, metal crowns are among the longest-lasting materials you can get.
Stainless steel: This crown material is most often used in children over primary teeth to help protect them from decay — particularly when the children struggles with oral hygiene habits.
If you have questions about the best material for your crown, we can help get them answered. No matter what material you select, your crown will go a long way in boosting your smile and the health of your mouth.
What can I expect when I’m getting a crown?
More than one visit to the office might be required to finish your crown. First, we will take X-rays to ensure there are no hidden issues. Next, we will use local anesthetic to make you comfortable for the treatment. Your tooth will need to be reshaped to make room for the crown. We will take an impression so that a customized crown can be made, and leave you with a temporary crown to protect your tooth in the meantime. Before installing your permanent crown, we will ensure it fits perfectly so it doesn’t impact your bite.
In need of a crown? Mad River Family Dental will give you the royal treatment. Call us to schedule your appointment today!