Dental Crowns

Your teeth are the strongest substance in your body. They can withstand a significant amount of daily wear and tear. While strong, however, they can suffer physical damage or decay that can compromise their strength and the health of your mouth. When your teeth are damaged, Dr. Essen can help with crowns.

Effects of Damaged Teeth

Your teeth can become damaged for many reasons, facial trauma, biting down on a hard object, severe tooth decay. No matter how the damage occurs, or insignificant it seems, it is important to schedule an exam as soon as possible. Without treatment, damaged teeth can worsen over time. This can lead to the affected teeth becoming weak, leaving them susceptible to splitting or shattering. Significant damage also places your teeth at risk for painful infections. Moreover, when the damage goes untreated, it increases the likelihood that you will require a tooth extraction and replacement.

What is a Crown?

A crown is a restoration that is used to treat a damaged or decayed tooth. It is a type of cap and resembles the size and shape of the affected tooth. It sits over the entire visible surface of the tooth, encasing it to provide protection from further damage and restore its strength.

Materials Used for Crowns

There are a few different materials that are used for crowns. Common materials include:

  • Metal. These crowns are the strongest available and are practically indestructible. They also require the least amount of enamel to be removed from your teeth. However, metal crowns are silver or gold in color, a factor that makes them stand out against the rest of your teeth. Additionally, metal can also cause allergic reactions in some.
  • Porcelain fused to metal. Also called PFM crowns, these crowns have a metal base with a porcelain coating. The metal provides your tooth with protection while the porcelain provides a more natural appearance. Sometimes, however, the metal can be seen through the porcelain.
  • Ceramic. Ceramic crowns are made entirely from ceramic and provide the greatest aesthetic results. Ceramic can be stained to perfectly blend in with the color of your natural teeth. The material also has similar light reflection properties of natural enamel. They are not as strong as metal, but they can withstand most normal daily wear.

The Crown Process

The crown process requires two appointments. During the first appointment, we prepare the affected tooth. This involves removing a portion of the enamel to reduce the size of the tooth. In doing so, your crown will fit properly in your mouth. Next, we take an impression of your mouth. The impression is sent to our dental lab, where it is used to design and fabricate your custom crown. A temporary crown is placed over your prepared tooth to protect it until the crown is ready. Once complete, your final crown is checked for fit and a natural bite before being bonded into place over your tooth.

Benefits of Crowns

Crowns provide many significant benefits.

  • Your tooth is protected from further damage and decay.
  • The crown helps to prevent infections.
  • Your tooth regains strength and can function normally.
  • You avoid the need for a tooth extraction.
  • A crown can also be used to protect a tooth following a root canal or anchor a bridge in place.

A crown can help to restore the health and strength of a damaged tooth, allowing it to function normally and preventing the need for tooth extraction. For more information, and to schedule your appointment, call Dr. essen’s Office at (772) 210-7610 today.

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