Before Dental Crowns
After Dental Crowns
When the size of a filling exceeds a certain proportion of the tooth, it must be replaced with a crown, also called a cap. Dr. Kneib may also recommend a crown if your tooth is cracked.
A crown covers your tooth completely, fitting snugly at the gum line and protecting what remains of the natural tooth. These may be of an all-ceramic material, all-metal, or a combination of the two. There are many advantages to porcelain or ceramic crowns:
A high-quality porcelain crown that we fully recommend is Ivoclar Vivident's e.Max crown. The benefits of the product include high strength, high durability, and aesthetic appeal all in one.
What are dental crowns?
Teeth are often restored with fillings of silver or composite plastics. These materials can often accomplish the aim of replacing the part of the tooth that has been lost for a strong and good-looking result.
However, there comes a point when the damage to the tooth has removed too much structure to hold a filling. The restoration must be done by a technique that will attach to the remaining tooth, stand up under heavier use, and meet more elaborate cosmetic requirements.
The crown is the dental restoration that can strengthen and restore the entire top of a tooth. The crown can also be part of the attachment of a fixed bridge for the replacement of teeth. The tooth is strengthened because it is covered from the outside with a casting of metal or ceramic that will wrap up and splint the tooth.
The chewing of the tooth can be improved because it can be reshaped to more efficiently match the opposing teeth. A crown can improve cosmetics by the use of modern ceramic processes that produce translucency and color that is more natural than has ever been possible.
A high-quality porcelain crown that we fully recommend is Ivoclar Vivident's e.Max crown. The benefits of the product include high strength, high durability, and esthetic appeal all in one. For more information ask about it when you come to visit us.
Why would I need dental crowns?
The crown serves two important functions. First, it restores the appearance of your teeth and your face. If your tooth is severely decayed or cracked, the dentist will need to restore it prior to preparing a cap. Teeth also support the muscles in our faces, so anything less than a full tooth may affect the way you look.
Second, a crown will be the same size and shape as the natural tooth. As a result, it will keep your jaw and bite aligned. It will also make sure that other teeth don't shift locations or take on a greater share of the work of biting and chewing.
What are dental crowns made of?
At Kneib Dentistry, our dental crowns are most often made of gold or porcelain. Crowns also can be made of stainless steel, but those crowns are often temporary and not designed for long-term wear.
Porcelain crowns are usually built on a metal base, which fits snugly over the natural tooth. We will choose a porcelain shade that matches the color of your natural teeth. They are so carefully matched in color that they cannot be distinguished from your natural teeth. Many people choose porcelain crowns for their cosmetic appearance and the confidence it gives them.
Crowns can also be made of all gold. Some people prefer not to use gold because it stands out from the other teeth in appearance. At the same time, if the crown is on a back molar, some people feel the cosmetic issue is not a big one.
New materials are now available that allow the use of "all-ceramic" crowns in some cases. They have a beautiful, life-like appearance. Short-term studies support their success, with long-term trials still ongoing. At Kneib Dentistry, we will discuss the types of materials available if we recommend a crown.
How do I maintain my dental crowns?
Once your crown is in place, make sure the area is well-brushed and that you floss below the gum line. While the crown protects your remaining tooth from further decay, you must protect the base of the crown from bacterial growth and gum disease.
Regularly brushing and flossing will ensure that your crown will be in place for years to come!