Did you know that crowns are one of the most common dental restorations? Most likely, you will need a crown at some stage in your life. I often get asked by patients the question “What is a crown and do I really need one?”. This is a very fair question because even with insurance crowns can cost a lot of money. The reason I recommend a dental crown is because it is often the best option to extend the life of your tooth.
What is a Tooth Crown?
A tooth crown (also known as a cosmetic dental cap) is a type of cosmetic or restorative dental application that completely covers or encapsulates a damaged tooth.
What Material is a Tooth Crown Made From?
Tooth crowns are crafted these days in many materials not just in gold or porcelain anymore. I often recommend zirconium crowns and high esthetic porcelain crowns for their natural tooth-colored cosmetic appeal and are easily matched in color to the surrounding teeth. Crowns cover the entire surface of the tooth, restoring it to the original size and shape. A tooth crown protects and strengthens the structure of the tooth in situations where the tooth can’t be restored with fillings or other types of dental restorations.
Most tooth crowning procedures are recommended in these five common situations that stem from:
- Fractured or broken teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Root canals
- Fractured fillings
- Large fillings
How Long Does the Crown Process Take?
Typically the crown process takes a couple of visits to our office because porcelain crowns are custom crafted. In your initial appointment, we will take a mold (or tooth impression) of your teeth or an optical impression of your teeth to have your crown computer milled depending on the case. This will be used to create your custom tooth crown. At your second appointment, your new crown will be placed and checked for bite accuracy.
Porcelain crowns help create a natural, long-lasting, and beautiful smile. Porcelain tooth crowns are extremely durable and will last many years. As with most dental restorations, tooth crowns are not indelible and may need to be replaced at some point in the future.
Our team will provide you with instructions on how to care for your new porcelain crown during your visit. As always, regular brushing, flossing and dental visits will add life to your teeth, tooth crowns, and any other dental restorations.
If you would like to schedule a consultation, appointment or have any questions about dental crowns please call our office at (703) 860-8860 or email us at email@example.com.