A dental crown is a good alternative for a wide range of dental treatments. Over time our teeth can start to decay due to overuse or certain dental injury. These issues cause your teeth to loosen, which can disturb their shape. Dental crowns can help return the tooth back to its original shape. The crown is shaped like a cap that is placed on the top of the infected tooth. This provides your tooth the much-needed protection to recover. If you are thinking of getting a dental crown, we at Madison Family Dental Associates can be of service to you.
Types of Crowns
Crowns come in two types. The first type is a temporary crown. It is placed in your mouth for a short period. Normally, we suggest this type of crown if the process of preparing is a permanent one is taking time. The second type of crown is a three-fourth crown. We recommend these to our clients who do not require a full crown.
Who Needs a Crown
You may require a dental crown if you have a tooth that is in danger of weakening or breaking apart. Sometimes you can be asked to get one to help restore the health of a broken or a decayed tooth. Clients who have little tooth remaining after a dental decay are suggested crowning to protect the rest of it.
Material of Dental Crowns
A permanent dental crown can be made of metal, all resin, pressed ceramic, or porcelain. Of these, the metal crowns and the pressed ceramic ones rarely chip or break off. It has the longest lifespan because you can enjoy eating or chewing solid foods without much difficulty. We suggest this type of crowning for molars at the far end. A porcelain crown has a more natural appearance in terms of color. We recommend this material for crowning teeth that are at the front of the mouth.
The all-resin crowns are recommended if a client wants one temporarily. They are also cost-efficient. The all-ceramic dental crowns also give a natural look. We recommend this type of crowning for our clients who have metal allergies.
Procedure of Dental Crowns
During the first visit, we check the condition of the damaged tooth by performing x-rays to evaluate the bone structure and the area around it. The x-rays help us understand the level of tooth decay, the depth of the infection, and injury to the tooth pulp. We then reshape your tooth so that the cap can settle on it comfortably. This is done by filing. Next, we form an impression of the crown. A temporary crown is placed to protect the freshly filed tooth.
By the second visit, we have your dental crown ready for permanent fitting. We check for any problems with the cap against the infected tooth. Once you are satisfied with the fitting, we permanently cement the crown in place under the influence of local anesthesia.
Dental Crown Care
We suggest our clients follow good oral hygiene, especially if they wish for the crown to last for several years. Temporary dental crowns require more care as they are designed to last for a short period of time. To learn more about how you can get a dental crown, call Madison Family Dental Associates at 608-274-5970 today and book an appointment.