Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps placed over a tooth. By covering the tooth, dental crowns restore the shape, size and strength of the tooth.
Cosmetic dentistry patients in Charlotte NC also appreciate that dental crowns improve their appearance. When put in place, the crown will fully cover the entire visible part of the tooth that is at and above the gum line.
Why get a dental crown?
Dental crowns protect weak teeth from breaking; they can also hold together parts of a cracked tooth. The weak tooth could be damaged or decayed. If there is a broken tooth, or a tooth that has been worn down severely, a crown can restore the appearance of that tooth. Often after a large filling has been used, a crown can cover and support the tooth. Sometimes dental crowns are used to hold a dental bridge in place or even to cover a dental implant.
Types of crowns available
Permanent dental crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including metal, porcelain fused to metal, resin, and ceramic or porcelain. Your trustworthy cosmetic dentists at Ballantyne Center for Dentistry can help you make the right choice when it comes to your dental crowns.
Gold alloy, other alloys, or even base-metal alloy are all used for crowns. With metal crowns less tooth structure needs to be removed and often wear to nearby teeth is kept to a minimum. Metal dental crowns have the longest lifespan, however many people do not like the metallic color. However, many times cosmetic dentists will use metal crowns for back molars.
Porcelain fused to metal
Many patients appreciate that dental crowns can be matched to the color of the other teeth. If you are looking for a dental crown that looks like your other teeth, porcelain fused to metal is as close as you can get, outside of using all-ceramic dental crowns.
Resin dental crowns are less expensive than other types of dental crowns. However, they do not last as long because they tend to wear down over time. When choosing materials for dental crowns, your cosmetic dentists at Ballantyne Center for Dentistry want you to know all the facts, and then help you make the best choice for you and your teeth!
Ceramic or porcelain
If you have metal allergies, your cosmetic dentist will often recommend using an all-ceramic or all-porcelain crown. They are not quite as strong as other types of crowns, but they look the most natural, so they are a great choice if you need a dental crown on your front teeth.
Most dental crowns are made in a dental laboratory and temporary crowns are made in your cosmetic dentist’s office.
However, if your dentist has a CEREC system in his or her office, all ceramic crowns can be fabricated in the office and during just one visit. This technology has been available for several years and is very predictable. At Ballantyne Center for Dentistry we have been using this technology for 7 years. Many of our patients request "one day crowns" because it is much more convenient for their schedules and there is no difference in cost.
Do you need dental crowns? Contact Ballantyne Center for Dentistry in Charlotte NC, to discuss all of your options for dental crowns.