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How Does a Dental Crown Stay on a Tooth?

Posted in Crowns

A dental crown is a unique and important restoration because of its ability to:

  • Improve the appearance of a tooth
  • Protects the tooth’s structure and chewing capabilities
  • Postpones the need for a root canal
  • Adjusts the balance of a bite

Crowns do a lot! Your dentist may recommend that you have one made for a combination of such reasons. But how do they actually stay in place? Is it as simply as gluing a “cap” onto your tooth?

First of all, your dentist has to remove a bit of tooth material to make room for the crown. Simply seating it directly over your entire tooth would make the crown way too big to fit comfortably with the rest of your bite.

After reshaping the tooth, your dentist makes sure no damaged or infected parts are left behind.

Next, your tooth needs to be scanned or molded with an impression. With this record, your dentist or a lab can design a crown that fits comfortably with the other teeth.

You might have to wait a little while for your finished crown to be made. Your dentist will place a temporary one in the meantime. After the permanent crown arrives, it will be carefully glued onto your prepared tooth with a special cement.

Help Your Crown Stay Put

Once your crown is seated and cemented, it’s not going anywhere. Many crowns made of metal, porcelain, gold, and ceramic can last for decades. It’s up to you to keep the tooth healthy enough to support the crown for just as long! Flossing is completely safe.

Learn more about the dental crown process by visiting your local dental office for a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
(770) 475-6767


Metal Free Porcelain Crowns – How They Impact Your Smile

Posted in Crowns

Porcelain crowns used to be made with a metal base. The porcelain was fused over a metal crown, covering it to create the illusion that the crown itself was the color of a real tooth. This created a few different problems. One was that there was still a visible metal “line” around the edge of the crown that could be seen after it was put on the tooth. Another was if the crown was worn or chipped, the dark metal would show through. Thankfully, porcelain materials are now more durable than ever, leaving patients with better options when it comes to improving their oral health.

Metal free porcelain crowns are made completely of durable, high-grade porcelain or resin materials. This allows the restoration to be placed anywhere in your mouth, especially the front teeth. Margins of the crown blend in with the underlying tooth because of the customized shade matching process. Not only does this eliminate the metal line that is visible near the gumlines, it also minimizes the margin of the porcelain against the tooth itself, making the crown easier to keep clean.

In the past, porcelain wasn’t recommended on back teeth because it wasn’t regarded as durable. With the changes we have made in these materials, high-grade porcelain crowns are appropriate for use anywhere in the mouth. That way when you smile or talk in public, no one will realize that you’ve had dental work. Even if the crown were to have some wear over time, you would never have to worry about an underlying metal layer being exposed.

The next time your dentist tells you that you need a crown, ask about a porcelain alternative!

Posted on behalf of:
Springhill Dental Health Center
4620 Spring Hill Ave
Mobile, AL 36608
(251) 343-1521

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