Do I need a dental crown?
"A lot of people, especially patients of mine, ask about crowns and whether it's worth it. A crown is like a safety helmet. It protects the tooth from further damage."
- Mark Burhenne, DDS
We are proud to offer dental crowns at the dental practice of Dr. Alan J. White & Dr. Jesse Myers to help you restore your tooth’s size, strength, and shape.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers the entire visible portion of your tooth, improves its appearance, and restores its health. It also has the ability to:
• Protect a fragile tooth from breaking
• Restore a broken tooth
• Rejuvenate a tooth that has been worn down
• Support a tooth that has a large filling
• Make a cosmetic alteration
• Cover a dental implant
• Hold a dental bridge in place
• Disguise a severely discolored tooth
If you are interested in utilizing a dental crown, we are able to place the restoration within one day! Thanks to our CEREC® 3-D CAD/CAM computer and milling unit, your tooth will be restored within one visit at our office. This process uses digital technology to completely remove any distortion that might be encountered using traditional crown technology and allows us to complete your crown in one visit at the same cost of a traditional crown taking multiple visits and several weeks. It also means you’re not inconvenienced wearing a temporary crown in the interim!
To learn more about how a dental crown can benefit you, call our office today or schedule your appointment online!
Dental health is an essential aspect of our overall well-being, and when it comes to preserving and restoring damaged teeth, dental crowns play a crucial role. A dental crown is a common dental procedure that aims to protect and strengthen a damaged or weakened tooth. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore what dental crowns are, why they are needed, the different types of crowns available, and their significance in maintaining oral health.
A dental crown, also known as a dental cap, is a custom-made covering that is placed over a damaged or decayed tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance. These crowns are cemented into place, encapsulating the entire visible portion of the tooth above the gum line. Dental crowns are a versatile solution used in various situations to address a range of dental issues.
Dental crowns are needed for several reasons, and they serve multiple purposes in maintaining oral health:
A dental crown procedure typically involves the following steps:
There are several types of dental crowns available, each with its unique characteristics, advantages, and considerations. The choice of crown material depends on factors like the location of the tooth, aesthetic preferences, and budget. Here are the most common types of dental crowns:
1. Ceramic Crowns: Ceramic crowns are known for their natural appearance, making them an excellent choice for front teeth. They are made of porcelain material that can be color-matched to your existing teeth, ensuring a seamless blend. Ceramic crowns are highly biocompatible and do not cause allergic reactions, making them suitable for most patients.
Types of Ceramic Crowns:
a. Empress All-Ceramic Crowns:
Empress crowns are a type of all-ceramic dental crown known for their aesthetic appeal and natural-looking appearance. They are fabricated from a
high-quality, leucite-reinforced porcelain material known as Empress, which was developed by the Ivoclar Vivadent company. Empress crowns have
gained popularity in cosmetic and restorative dentistry due to their ability to closely mimic the translucency, color, and texture of natural teeth.
b. E.max All-Ceramic Crowns:
An e.max all-ceramic crown is a state-of-the-art dental restoration that combines cutting-edge technology with the beauty of ceramic materials to
create a durable and aesthetically pleasing solution for damaged or decayed teeth. The "e.max" in its name stands for lithium disilicate, which is the
primary material used in these crowns. Lithium disilicate is a type of glass-ceramic that is renowned for its exceptional strength, durability, and lifelike
appearance. This makes e.max crowns one of the top choices in modern dentistry for both cosmetic and restorative purposes. They are metal-free,
making them an excellent choice for individuals concerned about metal allergies.
c. Zirconia Crowns:
A zirconia ceramic crown is a type of dental crown made from a high-strength, biocompatible ceramic material known as zirconia. These crowns have
gained popularity in modern dentistry due to their excellent combination of strength, durability, and aesthetics. Zirconia is a type of crystalline oxide
ceramic that is known for its exceptional properties, making it a reliable choice for dental restorations.
2. Metal Crowns: Metal crowns, often made of alloys containing gold, palladium, or nickel, are exceptionally durable and long-lasting. They are less likely to chip or break compared to other materials. However, their metallic appearance makes them less desirable for visible teeth.
3. Porcelain-fused-to-Metal (PFM) Crowns: PFM crowns combine the strength of metal with the aesthetics of porcelain. The metal base provides durability, while the porcelain overlay ensures a natural appearance. PFM crowns are commonly used for molars and premolars.
4. Resin Crowns: Resin crowns are typically less expensive than other options, but they are not as durable. They are more prone to wear and may need replacement sooner than other materials. They are mainly used as temporary crowns.
Traditionally, getting a dental crown involved multiple visits to the dentist over several weeks. However, advancements in dental technology have introduced same-day crowns using CAD/CAM (Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing) systems like CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics). Here's how the process works:
Same-day crowns offer convenience, reduced waiting time, and excellent results, making them a popular choice among patients and dentists alike.
Dental laboratory-made crowns are the traditional choice and are fabricated by skilled dental technicians in a dental lab. Here are some key aspects of these crowns:
In some cases, a tooth may be extensively damaged or have a large filling, making it unsuitable for a crown placement directly. This is where a "post and core" procedure comes into play. Here's how it works:
Post and core procedures are crucial for salvaging teeth that would otherwise be too weak to support a crown.
Temporary crowns serve as placeholders between the preparation of a tooth for a crown and the placement of the permanent crown. They serve several essential functions:
Temporary crowns are typically made from resin or acrylic material and are designed to be a temporary solution until the permanent crown is ready.
In addition to full dental crowns, there is another option known as a partial crown or an onlay. Onlays are used when a tooth has a large filling but is not extensively damaged enough to require a full crown. Here's what you need to know about onlays:
The lifespan of a dental crown can vary depending on several factors, including the type of crown, your oral hygiene practices, daily habits, and the skill of the dentist. On average, dental crowns can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years or even longer. Here are some key factors that influence the longevity of dental crowns:
In summary, the lifespan of dental crowns varies depending on multiple factors. While they can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years or more, proper care, maintenance, and regular dental check-ups are essential for maximizing their longevity. If you notice any signs of damage or discomfort with your dental crown, it's important to consult one of our dentists promptly to address any issues and ensure the continued health of your tooth and crown.
Dental crowns are invaluable tools in the field of dentistry, offering a wide range of benefits, from restoring damaged teeth to enhancing aesthetics. The different types of crowns available, such as ceramic, metal, and resin, cater to various patient needs and preferences. With advancements like same-day crowns and CAD/CAM technology, the dental crown procedure has become more convenient and efficient.
Whether you need a crown to protect a weakened tooth, improve your smile, or restore dental function, consulting with us is the first step. One of our dentists can evaluate your oral health, discuss your options, and recommend the best type of crown for your specific situation. With proper care and maintenance, dental crowns can provide lasting solutions that contribute to your overall dental health and well-being.
Ready to take the first step in restoring your smile? One of our experienced dentists would love to help you assess how a crown can be tailored to meet your distinct oral needs. Contact Dr. Jesse Myers & Dr. Alan J. White's office at 540-886-1979 in Staunton, VA, and our dedicated team will assist you promptly. Alternatively, you can fill out our online appointment request form at the bottom of this page at your convenience.
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"I cannot say enough good things about Dr. White and his staff. The staff are friendly and professional, the facility is high quality and well maintained. I always feel welcome and that I am receiving the best service possible. For me, an extra bonus is the in-house crown service. Thank you Dr. White and team for making my dental visits top notch!" - Allison
Because dental expertise makes a difference. We love people and we love dentistry here at Dr. Myers & Dr. White's office. We're in the business of creating beautiful smiles for all ages. Your smile is important to us. But before you choose us as your dental home, here are several before and after examples of the level of dental care we provide our patients. Our team is trusted throughout Staunton and the surrounding area and we’d love the chance to earn your trust, too. If there is anything we can help you with, please feel free to give us a call!
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