What Dental Crowns Can Do
Dental crowns are very versatile restorative dentistry procedures. We use dental crowns for:
- Serious tooth decay
- Badly chipped or cracked teeth
- Replacing large or failing fillings
- Cosmetic applications where veneers aren’t a good choice
- Building up teeth to improve bite
- Supporting dental bridges
- Topping dental implants
Dental crowns are used when damage to your teeth compromises their structural integrity. When decay weakens your teeth, a chip or crack puts your tooth at risk of future damage, or a filling has weakened or damaged your teeth, a crown provides the necessary support and protection.
Dental crowns are so attractive, they can achieve all the cosmetic effects of veneers, so we use them in situations where a veneer might not be strong enough.
Crowns can also be used to build up teeth to help restore a healthy bite. If you have temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ), or are at risk of them because of an unhealthy bite, crowns can help put your teeth in the proper balance.
Finally, dental crowns can help replace a missing tooth by supporting a dental bridge or topping a dental implant.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Ceramic dental crowns are probably the most common restorative dentistry procedure in part because of the benefits they offer. This includes:
- Natural appearance
- Beautiful look
- Usable on any tooth
- Insulate against sensitivity
- Take just a couple visits
- Stain resistant
- Highly durable
Unlike metal crowns, ceramic crowns can look just like your natural teeth. They can match so perfectly that no one will be able to tell which tooth has the crown. The ceramic has the same beautiful luster as tooth enamel.
Modern dental crowns are made from advanced ceramics that are very strong. In the past, we had to use metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns in the back of the mouth, but modern crowns are even stronger than tooth enamel, making them suitable for use on all your teeth.
The ceramic used in these crowns is a good insulator–it protects your teeth from temperature changes, so you get less temperature sensitivity than with metal crowns. Plus, their high strength protects you from pressure sensitivity, too.
Dental crowns just take a couple of visits. At the first visit, we prepare your tooth to receive the crown. Then we take an impression we send to the lab. You’ll wear a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready. When the permanent crown is ready, you will return for fitting.
Dental crowns are stain resistant: the ceramic glaze means that most stains wipe off easily, so they won’t discolor over time. Combined with their overall strength, this means that ceramic crowns can be very long-lasting, lasting for 10-20 years.
How Crowns Work
Dental crowns are sheaths that fit over your natural tooth. That’s why they’re sometimes called “caps” because they cap your tooth. Ideally, a dental crown should fit over the entire visible surface of the tooth, covering it. Ideally, the crown should extend to just below the gum line, so there’s almost no part of the natural tooth that’s exposed.
Crowns don’t experience decay, so as long as your gums conceal the margins, you shouldn’t get cavities in a crowned tooth (though it can happen). Crowns provide a comprehensive support for your tooth, too, stopping them from future cracks and chips, though in extreme cases the crown can become chipped or cracked.
Need Dental Crowns in St. Augustine?
Do you have a damaged tooth that needs the support and protection of a dental crown? Please call (904) 474-5444 today for an appointment with St. Augustine cosmetic dentist Dr. Stephanie Kinsey at Palencia Dental.