Dental Crown Materials and Placement Statesville, NC
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap placed over a tooth to help restore its shape, size and strength. A dental crown can be made from a variety of materials. A dental crown is a long-lasting tooth restoration treatment, so it is especially important to carefully consider all the options you have available since this will be a permanent procedure. We at Jon C. Packman DDS can carefully advise you about all of your treatment options and if getting a dental crown is right for you.
Importance of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are used for both children as well as adults. It is needed to protect a weak tooth from breaking or to hold together the parts of a cracked or decayed tooth. Dental crowns are also useful in covering and supporting a tooth with a large filling when there is not a lot of tooth left. They also help to hold a dental bridge in place and cover a dental implant and misshaped or discolored teeth. Sometimes a crown may be used on baby teeth to save a tooth that has been damaged to the extent that it cannot support a filling.
Types of Dental Crowns
The type of material used for a dental crown depends upon several factors like your tooth’s location, position of your gum tissue, how much of the tooth will show when you smile, number of natural teeth that are missing, the color of the surrounding teeth, and the function of the tooth that needs the crown. Different kinds of material used in crowns include porcelain, ceramic, zirconia, metal, composite resin, and gold. Porcelain or ceramic crowns provide the best natural look for tooth restoration. Zirconia crowns are the slowest to wear down due to their strength. Gold crowns are also strong and highly resistant but obviously do not look like a natural tooth. There are stainless steel crowns as well that are used on permanent teeth primarily as a temporary measure.
Procedure for Getting a Dental Crown
If you have a cavity that is large enough for a filling, dental crowns are a perfect solution for you. Even if your tooth is severely worn down, cracked, or weakened, you should get a dental crown. The procedure starts when your tooth is prepared which involves the removal of decay and/or a root canal. Then after a mold is taken so that the crown fits the exact shape of your tooth. Until the crown is ready, a temporary one is used to protect the tooth. Following all of the guidelines given by our team is necessary to prevent the temporary cap from cracking.
Dental Crown Care
To ensure a prolonged life of the dental crowns our team uses, one must avoid hard foods especially in case of porcelain crowns. Flossing and brushing daily helps maintain overall oral hygiene and can prevent the issues that facilitated getting a crown in the first place.
For more information on dental crowns, or even if you just have general oral health questions, call Jon C. Packman DDS at (704) 978-7060 today to schedule an appointment.