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 in Davidsonville, MD
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 press-able 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.
Dental Crown Process at Wooddell & Passaro Dentistry
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.
Dental Crowns FAQs
What are dental crowns made from?
We use ceramic material to create most dental crowns. The material is strong and can withstand the forces and pressures required of a dental restoration. In addition, ceramic mimics the appearance of tooth enamel and is stain-resistant, ensuring your restoration blends seamlessly with your smile.
What restorative and cosmetic issues can a crown fix?
We may use them to reshape a malformed tooth or mask severe discoloration. They can also be used to repair a chipped/cracked tooth, complete a root canal procedure, or address advanced tooth decay that requires more than a filling.
How long do dental crowns last?
With proper care and maintenance a dental restoration can last for decades. You simply need to maintain good oral hygiene, brushing and flossing your teeth daily and seeing your dentist twice a year for routine exams and cleanings. These preventive techniques can help your restoration last for many years.
Can tooth crowns aid in tooth replacement?
Yes. We can use crowns to secure a dental bridge or complete a single tooth dental implant. If you have any questions about our dental crowns or the procedure, then please contact our office today. We want to restore your tooth and help you enjoy a whole and healthy smile.