For all of the use your teeth undergo on a daily basis, they are strong. They are not, however, impervious to harm. Damage to your teeth can happen in some different ways. When damage occurs, it can affect the appearance of your smile, and your oral health. At National Dental Williston Park, we provide dental crowns to restore your smile and protect the health of your mouth.
What are Dental Crowns?
When your teeth have suffered damage, the appearance of your smile can be diminished. If the damage is severe enough, extending into the inner layer of your teeth, bacteria can get inside, which can lead to a painful infection. The damage can also worsen, causing the affected tooth to split or shatter. A dental crown is a “cap” that covers the entire visible area of your damaged tooth. It protects a compromised tooth, preventing further damage and infections, helping to avoid the need for an extraction. Some types of crowns not only restore the strength of your damaged teeth but also restore their appearance as well.
Types of Dental Crowns
There are a few different types of dental crowns:
- Metal crowns. Metal crowns are the strongest crowns available and are practically indestructible. They can last as long as 50 years or more. However, even though they are exceptionally strong, able to hold up to the strongest bite pressures (making them ideal for teeth toward the back of your mouth), they have one major drawback. The color of metal crowns (silver or gold) makes these crowns stand out against the rest of your teeth.
- Porcelain fused to metal crowns. PFM crowns consist of a metal base and a porcelain coating. The metal base surrounds your tooth, protecting it. The porcelain coating helps the crown to blend in with the rest of your smile. However, a thin metal line often shows through at the base of the crown, giving it away.
- Ceramic crowns. Ceramic is the best aesthetic option for restoring your smile. They are made entirely of ceramic. While they are not as strong as metal, ceramic can hold up to normal biting and chewing forces. Ceramic also mimics many of the properties of natural enamel, including its color and its light reflecting properties.
Placing Your Dental Crowns
It takes two visits to get your dental crown. During your first visit, we prepare the affected tooth, which is done under a local anesthetic. This process involves removing a portion of the enamel from the tooth, which makes space for the crown to fit comfortably in with the rest of your smile. We then take an impression of your mouth, which is sent to a lab. There, your crown is designed and fabricated. It can take up to two weeks, so we will place a temporary crown while you wait to protect the tooth. Once your crown is ready, we check it for fit and cement it into place.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns offer numerous benefits:
- Crowns protect your damaged tooth and provide strength.
- They are used after a root canal, protecting a tooth from a new infection.
- They anchor dental bridges and cover screws of dental implants.
- Ceramic crowns blend in perfectly with the rest of your teeth, restoring your beautiful smile.
With dental crowns, we can restore both the aesthetics of your smile and your oral health. For more information, or to schedule your appointment, call National Dental Williston Park today at (516) 686-9780.