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A cracked tooth or one requiring a large filling often needs a full-coverage tooth restoration. A crown protects a damaged tooth and is often indistinguishable from the surrounding teeth, which allows patients to feel confident in their smiles. After a large filling is placed, the tooth is prepped for a crown and an impression is taken. We then send this impression to a laboratory to have the crown created. Once the crown is ready, it is then sent to our office where it will be cemented onto the patient’s tooth permanently.
Because teeth crowns are manufactured in a laboratory, they are made to be extremely durable and they are custom-fitted to each patient’s mouth. A strong well fitting crown is imperative for the longevity of the tooth and restoration.If you have a broken, fractured or severely decayed tooth, a dental crown may be the solution to prevent further problems from occuring. Our dentists in Gainesville, FL, with Van Dyke General and Implant Dentistry offered unparallelled care and skilled dental treatments for restoring and preserving your smile.
The following comprises some of the most common reasons a crown might be required.
To address teeth with a mild-to-moderate amount of dental decay, composite fillings are typically suffice for restoring the teeth with proper functionality. Patients who have more vast areas of tooth decay, however, generally require a different approach. In these cases, the use of dental crowns may be necessary. A tooth crown is a type of dental restoration that uses a customized, laboratory-made crown to cover the full portion of the tooth above the gumline. In addition to addressing cavities, dental crowns are likewise used to restore teeth that are worn down, broken, to secure dental bridges into place, and to hold teeth together that become compromised or weakened by large filings or deep fractures.
Placement of tooth crowns is typically performed while the patient is under local anesthesia. To start the dental crowns procedure, our dental team first prepares the tooth by shaping it using specialized dental tools and materials. When we achieve the ideal shape that will successfully hold the crown in place, we then take impressions of the teeth and send them to our dental laboratory. We also send along color specifications, so the dental crown will appear similarly to the surrounding teeth. While the patients waits for the lab to create their customized crown, the patient will wear a temporary crown that is made from acrylic, resin, or another material, placed by the dentist during their visit.
Once the crown is ready, the patient returns to our dentist office, at which time we cement the crown into place and ensure a perfect fit, look, and bite. For more information about the tooth crown procedure, pleast contact Van Dyke General and Implant Dentistry.
A cracked tooth or one requiring a large filling often needs a full coverage restoration. A crown protects a damaged tooth and is often indistinguishable from the surrounding teeth, which allows patients to feel confident in their smiles. After a large filling is placed, the tooth is prepped for a crown and an impression is taken. We then send this impression to a laboratory to have the crown created. Once the crown is ready, it is cemented onto the tooth permanently.
Because crowns are manufactured in a laboratory, they are extremely strong and custom fitted. A strong well fitting crown is imperative for the longevity of the tooth and restoration.
If you have a broken, fractured or severely decayed tooth, a dental crown may be the solution to prevent further problems.
Oral health and dental requirements vary widely from patient-to-patient. The average lifespan for a well-maintained dental crown is typically around 15 years, from the time of the tooth crowns procedure. However, when they receive an excellent quality of care, both in the dentist’s office and at home, dental crowns last upwards of 25–30 years.
The mouth is a complex environment and there are a wide range of different factors that can affect the longevity of a crown in a patient. Factors that contribute to the longevity of a dental crown can include a patient’s daily oral hygiene habits, the amount and severity of day-to-day wear the dental crown is subject to, and other considerations. To help extend the functional lifespan of your dental crown, you can:
Unless you have previously had a dental crown placed, you likely aren’t familiar with the different types of crowns available. During your appointment with our team, you will be provided with several options for tooth crown types, such as teeth crowns made from porcelain, cermain, metal-alloy, and composite resin, among other materials used for dental materials. Which type of dental crown is right for your oral health needs? Contact Van Dyke General and Implant Dentistry to schedule an appointment with our dentists. Wondering how to care for your crown once it is placed? Watch post-operative instructions for dental crowns.
Metal crowns have the benefit of high strength and durability. They can be made from stainless steel or a variety of metal alloy materials. But, since crowns made from metal cannot be matched to the color of the patient’s surrounding, natural teeth, they are not usually as popular a choice as color-match dental crowns made from alternative materials.
Still, yet, metal crowns made from materials such as gold and silver are often a good choice for molars because of their strength and wear-ability. These crowns take longer to wear down and they rarely crack or break as a result of biting, chewing, or performing other regular tasks.
For patients who desire a tooth crowns type that features the most natural-looking, and highest degree of color-match to surrounding teeth as possible, crowns made from porcelain, zirconia, and other simila material are typically ideal. Porcelain and zirconia are among the materials we use to match a natural tooth. Depending on the area of the mouth and the aesthetic demand, we choose the appropriate material to make the strongest crown while trying to blend with the natural teeth.
With porcelain crowns, patients do not need to worry about noticing a dark line that is seen at the gumline with porcelain that is fused to metal crowns. Because there are fewer aestheitc issues with porcelain crowns, they are are perfect for front teeth crowns, though they may sometimes be used for back teeth as well.
Dental crowns are recommended for patients with a tooth that has only about three-quarters of damage or decay, relative to the rest of the tooth. As such, they are designed to fit on a minimal amount of remaining tooth structure. While not too much tooth is required to fit and place a crown, there still needs to be enough tooth surface unaffected by damage and decay to cement the crown and to provide internal support to the surrounding teeth and gum structures.
In most cases, at least 2 millimeters of tooth structure may be required in order to place a grown. This can mean that at least one-quarter of the visible portion of the tooth must be present and healthy enough to support the dental crown. To determine whether or not your affected tooth has enough surface area for a dental crown to be placed, please contact Van Dyke General and Implant Dentistry to schedule an appointment with our dentists.
When our dentists shape a patient’s tooth in preparation for the placement of a dental crown, they keep in mind many different elements, such as aesthetics, material strength required for the tooth, bite and alignment, and matching the tooth with the tooth on the opposite side of the mough, among other factors. Oftentimes, crowns that are made from porcelain fused with metal feel and appear a bit more bulky than zirconium and non-fused crowns.
While all crowns require a certain minimum amount of thickness in order to ensure adequate coverage and strength, depending on the tooth that will receive the crown, our dental team works with the patient to ensure their new crown looks and feels as it should. After receiving a crown, the patient may feel their new crown feels odd in their mouth, though this feeling generally subsides in little time. Patients typically adjust to their new crown in a little over 2 weeks or less, though this can vary from patient-to-patient.