Tooth Crown (Caps)
A dental crown is a dental restoration cap that fully covers a damaged tooth to restore its appearance and improve strength as well as functionality. These “caps” are cemented permanently in place at and above the gumline. Caring for a crown is simple since you care for it just like you would care for your natural teeth.
Since the early 1970s, all-ceramic crowns, bridges, and veneers have given thousands of people the superior cosmetic results they desire. Because all-ceramic restorations contain no metal understructure, they are able to transmit the color of adjacent teeth and tooth structure. This enables them to blend more completely with the surrounding natural teeth.
In addition to their chameleon-like quality of disappearing in the mouth, these restorations have become stronger than ever. With product research and development and state-of-the-art cementation and bonding techniques, modern all-ceramic systems rival traditional restoration for their use in anterior bridgework. Ask Dr. Mjahed if all-ceramics can be used for your treatment plan to provide you with the most natural looking smile available today.
Dental crown application
Once it is determined by yourself and your doctor that a dental crown is the best option for you, the application process will be discussed. Make your doctor aware of any allergies you may have especially anesthesia allergies since numbing is required.
Your dentist office will have constructed the cap that will be applied to teeth based on the shape and shade of your adjacent natural teeth. You may be asked to visit the dental lab so that the lab tech can provide a perfect or near perfect color match if the cap will be applied to front teeth. If a gold cap is an option you choose, a visit to the lab is not necessary.
During the application, the core of the tooth will need to be reduced in size to accommodate the crown on top. This will allow the crown to be fitted to sit securely on the top of the remaining tooth. A secure fit is extremely important to keep bacteria from growing under the tooth structure.
Types of Crowns (“Caps”)
There are 4 types of dental crowns with varies cost and benefits. Dr. Khalil offers crowns in a wide variety of materials:
- Metal – Metal crowns can be anything from stainless steel, gold, or silver. These crowns are much more visually obvious; however, they are some of the strongest allowing for long-term functionality.
- Porcelain – Porcelain is a popular choice for those wanting crowns that blend in with their current teeth. The porcelain is fused to an underlying metal crown for greater durability.
- Ceramic – Ceramic is another option for those wanting a dental crown that closely matches their natural tooth color. These are usually used for better aesthetics in the front teeth.
Which crown is right for you?
To make this determination you will meet with your oral care provider to determine which option is best for you. Your decision should take into consideration benefits as well as cost.