Dental crowns, also known as dental caps, are protective coverings placed over damaged or weakened teeth to restore their shape, size, strength, and appearance. At Burba Dental Partners, we have crowns custom-made to fit over the entire visible portion of the tooth, extending from the gum line to the chewing surface. Dental crowns can provide long-lasting protection and restoration to teeth, improving their functionality and aesthetics.
The Process of Getting a Dental Crown
The affected tooth is prepared by removing a small amount of its outer structure to create space for the crown. An impression or digital scan is taken to capture the shape and dimensions of the prepared tooth, which is then sent to a dental lab to fabricate the custom crown. A temporary crown may be placed over the prepared tooth while the permanent crown is made. Once the permanent crown is ready, it is bonded or cemented onto the prepared tooth using dental adhesive.
Dental crowns require regular oral hygiene, brushing, flossing, and routine dental checkups. It is important to avoid habits such as biting on hard objects or grinding teeth, as they can potentially damage the crown. Also, maintaining good oral health habits can help prolong the crown's lifespan.
Types of Dental Crowns
Porcelain or Ceramic Crowns
These crowns are made entirely of porcelain or ceramic material without a metal substructure. They provide excellent aesthetics as they closely mimic the appearance of natural teeth and are a good choice for patients with metal allergies or sensitivities. They can even be color-matched to blend seamlessly with the surrounding teeth, making them ideal for front teeth or visible mouth areas. Porcelain crowns are famous for their natural look but may not be as strong as other types of crowns. Thus, they may not be recommended for areas with high biting forces because they may be more prone to chipping or fracture.
Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM) Crowns
These crowns have a metal substructure covered with a layer of porcelain. The metal substructure provides strength and durability, while the porcelain overlay gives a natural appearance. PFM crowns offer aesthetics and strength, making them suitable for front and back teeth. However, the metal component may sometimes result in a dark line near the gum line.
Metal crowns are typically made of a gold alloy, silver-colored alloy, or other metal materials. These crowns are known for their exceptional strength, durability, and resistance to wear. Metal crowns are often used for back teeth or areas where strength is crucial. However, their metallic appearance makes them less suitable for visible areas of the mouth.
Dental crowns are designed to restore damaged or compromised teeth's function, strength, and aesthetics. To learn more about dental crowns, visit Burba Dental Partners at 129 Highland Ave, Salem, MA 01970, or call 978-744-7575.