The dental crown can be used to address a wide range of concerns, from cosmetic imperfections to tooth damage. Custom made to match your smile, a dental crown can restore beauty, function, and strength to a tooth.
Drs. Wooddell and Passaro may recommend a dental crown for a variety of reasons:
- Tooth damage
- Discolored tooth
- To restore after a root canal
- Misshapen tooth
A dental crown can play a key role in maintaining your dental health and avoiding tooth extraction.
Types of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns can be made from a range of materials. We will work with you to determine the most appropriate choice for your oral health needs and aesthetic goals. In most cases, we recommend the use of a composite resin or high quality ceramic material for the most natural looking and durable result.
- 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.
The dental crown process will require a couple of visits to our Davidsonville MD dentist office, depending on the reason for the use of a crown to restore dental health.
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.
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.
During the second visit, the new dental 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.
The final step is to permanently secure the crown to the tooth and polish the surface for a natural appearance and luster.