You can fill a tooth to a certain point and then after that, so much of the tooth is gone that you’re concerned that when you bite on it, it will crumble and that’s where a crown comes into place. You have to basically put a whole new outer covering on the tooth. The way I think of is rings around a barrel. You grab a hold of it and hold on to that tooth so when you bite, it can’t crumble and that’s when the crown comes into place and does every tooth need a crown? No, but there comes a point where some teeth especially in the back do need crowns. That’s where we discuss it. We go over the pluses and minuses and what’s the risk of doing a crown versus the risk of not doing a crown and you can make the decision from there what you want to do but at least you know all of the information and you can make an informed decision.
We offer different materials there too. You can have a gold crown still. People still place those and they’re actually really good materials but now people don’t want a gold crown anymore so we can still offer that. We usually place them way in the back if they need to be done but any more we can do crowns that have no metal in them at all. Most of our crows we place now are of that type and they’re zirconia based, very strong, very durable and look really good and there’s no reason not to go with one of those in most cases so that’s the ones we place most of the times that look like teeth. Don’t even know you had a tooth in there it looks so good so we’re going to help you with those.
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.