Why should I choose dental crowns?
Dental crowns are used for a variety of restorative and cosmetic treatments. For instance, they are the recommended treatment option for patients suffering from damaged, broken, or severely decayed teeth. After the damage and decay is cleared and the existing tooth structure is shaped into a sturdy platform, a dental crown can be placed. These tooth-shaped caps cover the natural tooth down to the gum line to protect the remaining tooth while maintaining the look, feel, and functionality of your smile. Crowns are also commonly used to complete root canal therapy or a dental implant procedure.
With or Without Metal
When it comes to dental crowns, you have the option of choosing between metal and non-metal materials depending on your unique needs. While metal crowns may be more cost-effective, non-metal options like zirconia provide a natural-looking, biocompatible option. We can help you make an informed decision about which type of crown is best for you.
Zirconia is an increasingly popular material used for dental crowns due to its exceptional strength, durability, and biocompatibility. Unlike traditional dental crown materials like porcelain or metal, zirconia crowns are less prone to chipping, cracking, and wear, making them a more long-lasting solution.
The Dental Crown Treatment Process
Preparing The Tooth
To start the procedure, your dentist will clean your mouth and apply local anesthesia for comfort. Based on your preference or your dentist's assessment, you may also receive sedation. Next, the decayed enamel will be removed with a dental drill. This process also involves reshaping your tooth to provide a sturdy base for the placement of a dental crown.
Imaging & Temporary Crown Placement
The process of creating your custom dental crown starts with obtaining impressions of your teeth. This can be done through the use of dental putty or a cutting-edge 3D scanner. To ensure a seamless integration with your natural smile, we'll also take some supplementary images of your teeth. Your impressions will then be forwarded to a dental laboratory for the fabrication of your crown using durable materials. During this time, your dentist will place a temporary crown to safeguard your recently shaped tooth until the completion of your permanent crown.
Final Fit & Finish
Once your permanent dental crown is complete, you'll be scheduled for a final fitting at our office. Our team will conduct a thorough examination to confirm the comfort and proper fit of your crown, making any necessary modifications. Once the fit is deemed satisfactory, your dentist will securely fasten the crown in place using a strong dental adhesive. This final fitting completes the dental crown process.
Before & Afters
A smile is worth 1,000 words.
Did you know?
Dental crowns can be made out of metals, porcelain, resin, and ceramics.
Source: Cleveland Clinic