Crowns: If you ever had the notion that dental crowns look bad and are
noticeable, then you've never noticed a beautifully crafted all-porcelain
crown. Compared to older porcelain fused to metal crowns, all-porcelain
crowns have a natural appearance in terms of color and contours. When done
properly, it should be extremely difficult to distinguish it from a natural
tooth. No dark lines are apparent at the gum line.
are similar to veneers, because they too are attached to individual teeth.
Crowns completely cover the tooth on all sides, helping to correct any
problems that you might have with alignment. Crowns are used to repair
teeth that have undergone root canals, have severe erosion, or extreme
malposition. The use of crowns is essential in any situation that requires
greater strength and aesthetics. Crowns are fabricated from ceramic or
ceramic and metal, and are indistinguishable from adjacent teeth.
Our office commonly
replaces unsightly crowns with beautiful new porcelain crowns.
When a tooth
is cracked, decayed, or damaged, a crown may need to be fitted onto the
tooth. A crown is a permanent covering that fits over the original tooth.
Crowns can be made of porcelain, gold and other metals, acrylic resin,
or an amalgam (a mix) of these materials. Porcelain crowns typically have
the most realistic appearance, although they tend to be less durable than
other materials. Crowns can whiten, reshape, and realign existing teeth,
adding to a healthy and vibrant smile.
THE TOOTH AND CROWN
first visit, the dentist will numb the tooth to be crowned and remove the
decay in or around it. The tooth is then re-sculpted to provide an easy
fit for the crown. This is a painless process that is performed in the
of your teeth is then taken and sent to the dental lab where permanent,
custom-made crowns are created (this usually takes one to two weeks). During
this interim period, temporary crowns made of an acrylic resin are fitted
onto the teeth.
On your next
visit, the dentist removes the temporary crown and fits the permanent crown
onto the teeth. He or she makes sure the crown has the proper look and
fit, and then cements the crown into place.
YOUR NEW CROWN
dental hygiene for normal teeth should be applied to your new crown. Daily
brushing and flossing will help to keep the teeth, gums, and new crown
free from the bacteria that can cause gum disease. Avoid chewing on hard
foods such as ice or pistachios, which, over time, can cause crowns to
crack or break. Given proper care, crowns can last several decades, and
may last a lifetime.
Inlays and On lays..•..Porcelain