At Perrinville Family Dentistry our professionals can help you with the perfect crown for your tooth. A crown is also known as a cap and is used to restore a tooth to its full size and shape. It fits tightly onto a prepared tooth, making it stronger. A crown covers the entire visible part of the tooth that is above the gum.
Why You Need a Crown
Crowns are a perfect way of restoring a tooth that has been broken and needs repair due to tooth decay or a large filling. The crown will help to provide a solid chewing surface, strengthen the tooth, and also improve the patient’s appearance. We also sometimes use them to help a denture or a bridge to stay firm.
Dental crowns may be classified according to the material they are made from which could be either stainless steel, all-resin, porcelain fused to metal or all-ceramic. Different crowns are best suited to different people, and our team will be able to advise you accordingly.
These crowns are used to protect the tooth before making a permanent tooth from another material. They are used temporarily and are prefabricated. Stainless steel crowns cover the entire tooth and prevent decay. They are often used for children because they are cost-effective and require fewer dental visits.
This type of dental crown can be colored to blend with your adjacent teeth. However, the porcelain portion of the crown can easily break off. Porcelain-fused-to-metal resembles natural teeth, but the metal beneath the porcelain can be seen as a dark line near the gum. This type of crown is best for long breaches as well as front and back teeth.
Learn more about porcelain crowns.
This type of crown costs less than others and not without a downside. They are prone to fractures and will wear down after some time. They are often chosen by people that have a limited budget.
Metal crowns are crowns that have alloys such as base-metal alloys and cobalt-chromium. Metal crowns don’t wear down, chip or break easily and they can withstand biting and chewing forces very well. The only drawback is the metallic color it gives the teeth, but they are perfect for hidden molars.
All-ceramic crowns take the natural color of the teeth, which makes them suitable for those with metal allergies. They are perfect for front and back teeth.
Crowns can also be classified according to their duration, which could either be temporary or permanent. Temporary crowns are constructed in our office while the laboratory constructs permanent crowns. Temporary crowns are typically made from stainless steel material as a temporary measure until a dental lab produces a permanent crown.
Learn more about CEREC crowns.
How it is Prepared
The shape of the tooth will be prepared so the crown can fit perfectly. Once it's done, our dental team will make an impression mold. Our dental technician will use the impression generated alongside other useful information needed for a crown construction.
If you need to have a crown constructed for your teeth, visit Perrinville Family Dentistry or call (425) 616-0620 for more information.