Damage to your teeth can happen for a variety of different reasons. Any damage to your teeth can not only affect your appearance, but it can also impact your oral health. Damage can get worse. It can extend into the inner layer of your tooth, leading to a serious infection. At National Dental Oakland Gardens, we can restore damaged teeth with crowns.
WHAT IS A DENTAL CROWN?
Damage to your teeth not only compromise their aesthetics, but they also compromise your oral health. Cracks or chips in your teeth may grow worse. They may extend into the dentin of your teeth, resulting in an infection. A crown is designed to protect a damaged tooth, preventing these issues from growing worse, and helps you to avoid the need for an extraction.
A crown is like a small “cap” for your tooth, covering the entire visible surface of your natural crown. It has many jobs. It holds together a damaged tooth, preventing further damage from occurring. It provides strength to an otherwise weakened tooth. It also protects a compromised tooth from a potential infection.
TYPES OF DENTAL CROWNS
There are several different materials that are used to make crowns:
- Metal. Metal crowns are the strongest crowns available. They are extremely difficult to damage and can withstand all of the pressures exerted on the molars at the back of your mouth. Despite its strength, metal does have one major flaw – its color (silver or gold) makes it highly noticeable in your mouth. It can also pose problems for those who have metal allergies.
- Porcelain fused to metal. PFM crowns provide some of the benefits of metal crowns (particularly strength) while providing a more aesthetic exterior. Porcelain coats the metal base of the crown, helping it to look more like the rest of your natural teeth. However, a thin metal line often shows through the porcelain, giving away that they are false. PFM crowns are also not a good option for those who are allergic to metal.
- Ceramic. Ceramic crowns, which are made completely from ceramic, are the most popular aesthetic option. They are not as strong as metal (although they can handle most normal biting and chewing), but ceramic can perfectly mimic the color and light reflecting properties of your natural enamel.
HOW ARE CROWNS PLACED?
For a crown to be placed, your affected tooth must first be prepared. This is done under a local anesthetic. Once it has taken effect, we then trim some of the enamel away from the affected tooth, effectively creating sufficient space for the restoration to fit naturally in with the rest of your teeth.
After the tooth has been prepared, we then take an impression, which is given to our lab, where your custom crown will be designed and created. This can take up to two weeks, so you will be provided with a temporary crown while you wait. When your permanent restoration is ready, we check it for fit and cement it in place.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CROWNS?
There are several benefits that come with a crown:
- They provide strength to a weakened or damaged tooth.
- Your compromised tooth is protected from infection.
- A tooth that has undergone a root canal is protected.
- Ceramic crowns perfectly match the color of your natural teeth.
- Crowns also hold dental bridges in place and cap screws on dental implants.
If your tooth has suffered damage, a crown can help to restore it, avoiding the need for an extraction. To schedule your consultation, call National Dental Oakland Gardens today at (718) 407-0574!