Your teeth are strong. In fact, they are the strongest substance in your body. Despite their strength, however, the teeth can still be faced with physical damage and decay. While most minor damage only affects the appearance of your teeth, not affect your oral health, more significant damage can be dangerous. At Olson Family Dental, we can help to protect the integrity of damaged teeth and prevent further harm with crowns.
Protective Caps for Damaged Teeth
Minor damage that only affects the enamel of your teeth typically does not affect your oral health. Instead, it only affects the appearance of your teeth. There are some different cosmetic treatments that can be used in cases such as these. However, when the damage is more significant, the strength and health of the affected tooth may be compromised. To treat these teeth, a crown is needed. A crown is a dental restoration that looks like a small cap. It is designed to cover the entire visible surface of a damaged tooth, restoring strength and providing protection. With a crown, the damaged tooth can stay in its socket, avoiding the need for an extraction.
Types of Crowns
There are a few different materials that are used for crowns.
Metal. Metal crowns have been around the longest. The material is also the strongest. It can withstand very strong bite forces and can last upwards of 50 years or more. However, metal crowns are silver or gold in color, which means that they are visible in your mouth, even when placed toward the back.
Porcelain fused to metal. PFM crowns have a metal base that encompasses the tooth with a porcelain coating. The metal provides strength while the porcelain helps the restoration to appear more natural. Despite the porcelain, a metal line often shows through at the base of the crown.
Ceramic. All ceramic crowns are the most popular option for restoring damaged teeth. Not only are these crowns fairly strong, but the material can also be made to perfectly blend in with your surrounding teeth. Ceramic mimics many of the properties of natural enamel, including the way enamel, reflects light.
What Can I Expect During Crown Placement?
To get a crown, you generally need two appointments. During the first appointment, the damaged tooth is prepared. We trim it or remove a portion of the enamel, to reduce its size. This ensures that the crown will look and feel completely natural. After the tooth is prepared, a process done under a local anesthetic, an impression is taken. The impression is sent to our dental lab, where it is used to design your custom crown and bring it to life. It can take up to two weeks to complete this process, so a temporary crown is placed in the meantime. When it is ready, you return for your second appointment. During this appointment, we check the crown for color, fit, and bite, and secure it in place with dental cement.
Crowns have several benefits, including:
Strength is restored to the tooth.
The tooth is protected from further damage as well as infection.
The need for extraction is avoided.
Ceramic crowns restore the appearance of your smile and your confidence.
Crowns can restore the strength and health of damaged teeth, protecting them from further harm. Ceramic crowns can also restore the appearance of your smile at the same time. For more information, and to schedule your appointment, call Olson Family Dental today at (203) 663-3316.
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