Crowns are required when there is either inadequate remaining natural tooth structure to support a filling or if the remaining natural tooth structure is compromised by fracture lines or a root canal.
Types of Dental Crowns
There are three main types of dental crowns available, and we'll help you choose the right one for your mouth:
All Porcelain: The all porcelain crown is the most aesthetically pleasing options. Great advancements in crown materials now allow us to place this type of crown anywhere in the mouth as the newer materials are much more durable than in the past.
Gold: Gold crowns are extremely durable, and they are best suited for the back molars where they cannot be seen. Gold crowns are useful for people who clench or grind their teeth. Gold crowns tend to be most similar to your natural teeth, which will allow the tissue to quickly adapt to the restoration, they are less abrasive than porcelain and a minimal amount of your natural tooth structure will need to be removed to have the crown put into place.
Porcelain Fused to Metal: This type of crown will feature a metal base with porcelain attached to the outside. Some risk does still exist regarding fractures, but in the event of a chip or break it is usually just the outer porcelain portion that is damaged.
The Dental Crown Procedure
If you'll be getting a dental crown you can plan on having two appointments to complete the process. At your first visit, the tooth will be prepared by removing decay, and the surface will be shaped so it can fit the crown. We will take impressions of your teeth so your customized crown can be created, and you'll likely wear a temporary restoration while we wait for your crown to be finished.
At your follow-up appointment, we'll take off your temporary crown and will carefully place the permanent one in place. We'll also ensure proper bite and spacing.
After your appointment, we'll encourage you to follow up with us regularly. While proper oral hygiene is essential, you'll also need regular dental care to ensure that your crown is in the best possible shape.