In dentistry, a crown is either the portion of the natural tooth that projects visibly from the gum line or the term used for an artificially created tooth used to cover a weakened natural tooth.
Synthetic crowns are tooth-shaped caps that cover a damaged or missing tooth when a filling is not sufficient. They are one of the most versatile dental restorations that can be used for a number of restorative and cosmetic dental purposes. Crowns "cap" the tooth to restore it to its normal shape, size, and function. They are bonded onto an existing tooth to cover the portion above the gum line and your crown will act like your tooth's new outer structure. A crown can also be used to seal a tooth after root canal procedures to prevent it from breaking.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns offer the following benefits:
- Dental crowns replace missing teeth and fix functional chewing problems.
- They cover a tooth entirely, preventing more damage to already weakened teeth.
- They last for many years without any hassle as they are made from highly durable material.
- They offer support to broken teeth.
- They can be customized as required because of the customizability of dental-grade ceramic
- They cap a dental implant.
- They match the appearance of the adjacent teeth, keeping them under disguise.
What treatment procedures are crowns used for?
Crowns can be used to treat the following oral conditions:
Chipped or misshapen teeth: If you have chipped or naturally out-of-shape teeth, getting a crown to cover it would be a long-lasting solution.
Worn-out teeth: Bruxism or night-time teeth grinding and subconscious clenching of the jaw can lead to excessive wearing of the teeth. Crowns will restore such teeth to their ideal state.
Broken or cracked teeth: Fractured, damaged, or cracked teeth can be restored to their appropriate functional and structural state by placing a dental crown.
Weak teeth: Teeth that have become extremely weak after undergoing various dental procedures, including root canal therapy, are more prone to breakage due to the lack of nourishment to the teeth. A crown can hold it intact and prevent damage.
Types of Dental Crowns
Different types of materials are used to fabricate dental crowns, each having its own advantages. Various types of dental crowns include:
- Gold crowns
- All Porcelain Crowns
- Porcelain Fused-to-Metal Crowns (PFM)
- Base metal alloy crowns
During your initial consultation with us, we will conduct a thorough diagnosis to determine your candidacy for a dental crown. If you are found suitable for one, the dentist will remove a thin layer of enamel by buffing the tooth to accommodate the restoration. Next, we will use a digital scanning device to create a detailed impression to serve as a reference for fabricating the crown. The digital impression will be shared with a dental laboratory, where it will be fabricated from dental-grade ceramic. This usually takes a few days or even a couple of weeks for the restoration to be ready. Until then, we may bond a temporary crown on your prepared tooth to protect its surface.
During your next consultation, we will take off the temporary crown and clean the teeth surface thoroughly. An etching solution will be applied to roughen the teeth surface, and the crown will be placed on the tooth. We will check for its perfect fit and comfort, and once its contour is confirmed, we will bond it to the tooth using dental adhesives and harden it using a curing light. A bite test will be taken, and the restoration will be polished to enhance its appearance and make it look natural.
If you wish to know your candidacy for dental crowns or wish to get one, call us at (281) 340-1333 or schedule an online appointment with Dr. Bishay at our office in Sugar Land, TX.