Dental crowns are more common than you might think. In fact, an astounding 15 million Americans have crowns to replace missing teeth, reports the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Indra Quagliata, DDS, at IQ Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Rochester, New York, is an experienced professional, so if you think you may need a crown, book an appointment online or call today.
A dental crown is also called a "cap." It's placed on top of a damaged tooth. It's shaped to look like the natural tooth and can enhance its strength and appearance. The crown goes over the original tooth and is bonded into place, so the tooth is completely covered, from the gum line up.
Dr. Quagliata may recommend a crown in a variety of situations. A crown can cover a dental implant or a discolored or oddly-shaped tooth.
A crown can do more than improve the appearance of a tooth. It can protect and hold together a weak tooth. Teeth that are weakened by decay or extremely large fillings are at risk of breaking unless they're strengthened with a crown.
Dental crowns can restore your smile's beauty. They can also be a reliable solution for teeth that need strengthening as a result of severe decay, cracks, fractures, or fillings.
There are a variety of dental crown materials to consider. Crowns can be made from:
The choice of material depends on multiple factors. For example, stainless steel is usually the preferred material for temporary crowns. It's common for dentists to use prefabricated stainless steel crowns to cap children's baby teeth.
Metal crowns are strong and able to withstand the force of chewing and eating, but due to their striking color, they're commonly reserved for rear molars.
Porcelain fused to metal crowns have a more natural appearance than metal crowns, but they do come with some downsides. For instance, the metal portion of the crown might show as a dark line close to the gums. The opposing teeth may also experience more wear than they would with another type of crown.
All-ceramic crowns are the best choice for patients who have metal sensitivities. All resin crowns are one of the most affordable crown options, but they're also more susceptible to cracking.
Dr. Quagliata uses computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) for a perfect shape and design of your dental crown. She scans, designs, and produces the new crown in one visit.
A dental crown procedure usually requires at least two visits to the dentist, but at IQ Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, you only need one appointment. During the first appointment, Dr. Quagliata has X-rays taken to evaluate the condition of the tooth in question.
Next, Dr. Quagliata administers anesthesia, then builds up or files down the original tooth so that the crown attaches securely. Once the tooth has been prepared, she takes a digital impression of your teeth. The digital impression removes the need for the lab to make your crown, as it provides a precise image that she can use to create a perfect crown. Dr. Quagliata places your permanent crown in one visit, combining the technological advances of digital impressions and CAD/CAM customization.
Would you like to learn more about dental crowns? Think you might need a crown replaced? Contact the experienced professionals at IQ Family & Cosmetic Dentistry or make an appointment online.