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Dental Crowns & Dental Bridges

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Dental crowns are some of the most versatile dental restorations available. They are able to repair so many problems to help you smile with confidence and eat without pain. Find out how dental crowns from S&G Family Dentistry can help you.

What Is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a cap that goes over top of a damaged tooth to restore it and keep it from further damage. After S&G ensures a dental crown is the best option to fix your tooth, she will take dental impressions and images to assist in making your custom crown. After the lab has created your crown, you will come back to our office for placement. First, we will prep your tooth for the crown. This involves removing some of the tooth enamel so that the crown can be bonded on top of it. This will totally seal the tooth, keeping it safe from bacteria in your mouth and allowing it to withstand biting forces.

Dental crowns are an effective treatment for several dental problems. Some examples include:

  • Cracked Tooth – A crack in your tooth is dangerous, as it can lead to a complete break. A dental crown will cover your cracked tooth and protect it against further damage.
  • Broken Tooth – Broken teeth are common dental emergencies. A crown can restore your tooth after it has broken, preventing a tooth extraction. The crown will go over your tooth and keep it together. This will also allow you to use the tooth like normal again.
  • Severely Decayed Tooth – Sometimes tooth decay is too aggressive and erodes too much of your tooth for a dental filling to be effective. In these instances, a dental crown is used to restore your tooth to full working order.

Dental crowns are also used to replace teeth entirely. This type of crown is not a cap but rather a solid replacement tooth. These crowns are used with dental implants and will hold up just like a normal, healthy tooth.

What Crown Materials Does S&G Use?

S&G Family Dentistry uses three different materials for our crowns: ceramic, gold, and zirconia. Ceramic is the least expensive material. It does a wonderful job of imitating the look of your natural tooth, but it does fall short of the brilliance that comes from zirconia crowns. Zirconia crowns are able to reflect light in a very similar way to your natural tooth, giving it a wonderfully natural appearance. Gold is used on occasion, normally by request, as it is expensive, but incredibly strong. This makes it a good option for molars as it can withstand the pressure from chewing.

How are Inlays/Onlays Different from Crowns?

Inlays and onlays are partial crowns. They may be recommended if the damage is too big for a regular dental filling but not big enough to warrant a full dental crown. Inlays go inside your biting surface, while onlays extend over the outer biting surface.

Call us today to get your dental crown appointment set. You can reach our Leawood, KS office at 913-945-1612, or use our online form to schedule your appointment instead.

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