A dental crown is a cap used to cover, protect and restore the shape of damaged and decayed teeth. It restores the size, shape, strength, and aesthetics of the tooth.
You may need a dental crown in many situations, including:
- Protecting a damaged and weak tooth from cracking or crumbling
- Restoring a severely worn-down tooth
- Supporting and covering a cavity-filled tooth
- Covering a dental implant as the visible prosthetic tooth
- Covering a severely discolored tooth
- Covering a root canal-treated tooth
- Improving aesthetics
What are Dental Crowns Made From?
Dental crowns can be manufactured using diverse materials, including:
Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns can be easily matched to the color of your enamel, providing a natural smile. They offer an excellent dental crown option for front teeth.
Dental crowns made out of resin are the most affordable crowns. However, compared to porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, they wear down over time.
All-porcelain or all-ceramic dental crowns furnish the best natural tooth-colored caps and are a perfect choice for individuals with metal allergies. They are not as strong as porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns but provide significant reinforcement to weak or broken teeth.
Dental crowns made up of pressed ceramic replace the metal liner used in the all-ceramic crown-making process and have a hard inner core. They are capped with porcelain and offer the best natural tooth color.
The dental crown application procedure to your damaged tooth usually requires two visits to our dental clinic. During your first visit, our dentist will examine your mouth and the damaged tooth. If required, the dentist will also take an X-ray of the tooth and the surrounding bone. Next, our dentist will file down the tooth to make space for the crown.
After reshaping the tooth enamel, we will take an impression of the tooth that will receive the crown. This impression will then be sent to a dental laboratory to create the prosthesis. It usually takes a few days to produce a customized crown. Till then, our dentist will add a temporary crown to protect and cover the prepared tooth.
During your second visit to our dental clinic, the permanent crown will be placed on your tooth. Our dentist will ensure the fit and color of the permanent crown, and the new crown will be permanently placed using dental adhesives.
Please reach out to our dental practice in West Jordan, UT, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Gardois. Please call us at (801) 871-5820 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.