A dental crown is a restoration that replaces the outer portion of your tooth’s natural “crown” (the part visible above the gums). This might sound a little drastic, but it will help your tooth avoid additional decay and damage.
Why get a crown, then? When your tooth’s outer layer of enamel is damaged or threatened, then it can no longer do its job of protecting the tooth. A durable porcelain crown can protect more sensitive structures inside of the tooth (and help you avoid a root canal or extraction.)
While a crown is not as ideal as a whole, healthy, natural tooth, it does help extend the life of your bite. It could be your last resort!
Taking a Toll on the Mouth
Are there times when a crown may not be suitable for your smile? Here’s how you can minimize the impact of your specific problem:
Problem: If you grind your teeth you may find that the crowned tooth is wearing down its opposing neighbor.
Solution: Crown the opposing tooth or have a mouthguard made to prevent the teeth from fracturing.
Problem: Using a dental bridge to replace missing teeth. Two teeth that may otherwise be perfectly healthy need to be trimmed down for crowns that support the bridge.
Solution: Consider filling in the gap with a dental implant and single crown, instead.
Problem: Placing a crown on a front tooth for cosmetic purposes.
Solution: Crowns in front are just fine, but you might want to start with a more conservative approach such as a dental veneer.
Ask your dentist about the dental crowns and alternatives used in their office, and which option can benefit you the most.
Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
If you’ve been told that your tooth can’t be repaired with a filling, it doesn’t automatically mean that the next phase of treatment is a crown! Dental inlays and onlays are unique, custom-fitted restorations that can preserve your tooth without the need for a full-coverage restoration like a gold or porcelain crown. In fact, inlays and onlays are often referred to as “three-quarter crowns” because they are capable of preserving such a large portion of the tooth.
Every inlay and onlay is custom-designed from an impression of your tooth, the same way a crown would be. The decay or damaged enamel is removed and prepared to support the bonding of the prosthesis, an impression is taken, and a temporary restoration is placed in the mouth. The impression is then sent off to a laboratory where a custom porcelain (or gold) restoration is made to fit the tooth. Within 2 weeks the permanent restoration is ready to be delivered. A short appointment is all that is needed, and the tooth is gently conditioned before the inlay or onlay is bonded into place. The end result looks like a whole tooth, without the need for a full coverage crown! Some dental offices are even equipped with on site equipment that is able to create a customized inlay or onlay that very same day, only requiring one treatment appointment.
One of the reasons inlays and onlays are a wonderful option, is because they allow your dentist to preserve as much healthy tooth enamel as possible. That means they fit better, look better, and help your teeth last longer!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel
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