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What To Know: Dental Crowns

What Is A Dental Crown?     

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped ‘cap’ that is placed over a tooth. A dental crown is used to restore a tooth’s shape, size, strength, and to improve its appearance. The crowns, which are cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies above the gum line.

Why Is A Dental Crown Needed?

There are several situations that would require a dental crown:

  1. To protect a weak tooth from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth.
  2. To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down.
  3. To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there is not a lot of tooth left.
  4. To hold a dental bridge in place.
  5. To cover a misshaped or severely discolored teeth.
  6. To cover a dental implant.
  7. To make a cosmetic modification.

What are the different types of Dental Crowns?

  • Gold: recommended for use on back molars where chewing forces are the greatest, requiring a strong and durable restoration for optimal results.
  • Porcelain: a type of pressable ceramic, porcelain provides a beautiful, natural looking result that mimics the way your natural teeth reflect light. It is also highly durable and stain resistant.
  • Zirconia: one of the newest materials in dental restorations, zirconia offers metal like strength with the natural beauty of porcelain.

What to expect when a Dental Crown is required?

  1. The first step is to prepare the affected tooth by removing decay, damage or enough tooth structure to securely place the crown. A dental crown will fit like a “cap” on the tooth, covering the top and sides.
  2. Your new crown will be color matched to your existing teeth and fabricated in a dental lab. Once the tooth is prepared, dental impressions will be taken and a temporary crown is typically placed to restore function.
  3. During the second visit, the new crown will be placed and adjustments made for a comfortable fit. Our dentists take time to ensure that any dental restoration placed supports a healthy and stable bite for optimal dental health.
  4. The final step is to permanently secure the crown to the tooth and polish the surface for a natural appearance and luster.

Schedule An Appointment

Dr. James Wooddell and Dr. Joe Passaro can identify and treat the need for a dental crown. Let us restore your oral health with a personalized treatment plan. To schedule an appointment at our Davidsonville, MD dental office, call (410) 343-7075 or schedule an appointment online.