A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth to cover it and restore its size, shape, and strength, and improve its appearance. A crown is typically needed when a tooth is cracked, broken, worn down, worn down, or discolored.
Why Might I Need A Dental Crown?
Crowns, also called caps, are hollow, artificial teeth that sit on top of your existing teeth. They restore and reshape your smile, and they can be made to look like your natural teeth.
Crowns can be used to treat:
- Misshapen or chipped teeth
- Teeth with large fillings
- Teeth with weak enamel
- Teeth with excessive wear
- Teeth with short or misshapen roots
Dental Crown Types
There are several types of dental crowns available, including porcelain, metal alloy, and resin. The type you choose will depend on your dental needs, budget, and other factors.
Porcelain Crowns: Porcelain crowns are the most esthetically pleasing option. They look just like natural teeth, so your smile will remain beautiful. Porcelain crowns are also highly stain-resistant.
Metal Alloy Crowns: Metal alloy crowns are very strong and durable. They can withstand biting, chewing, and other forceful actions. However, metal crowns do not look as natural as porcelain or resin crowns do.
CEREC Crowns: CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. It is a method of creating a dental crown to restore damaged, decayed, or missing teeth in a single day. Using 3D imaging and CAD/CAM technology, we take digital impressions, make computer-assisted designs, and finally, manufacture.
CEREC crowns can offer a number of benefits. This restoration will look natural and match your surrounding teeth since CEREC crowns are made using digital imaging technology. The restoration can also be completed in a single visit, so you won’t have to deal with multiple dental visits.
Dental Crown Placement Procedure
When a tooth is damaged or missing, a crown can help restore its function and appearance. During the initial dental consultation, we will take a detailed digital scan of the teeth to understand the severity of the concern. The data will also be sent to a dental laboratory to be used as a reference for fabricating the crown.
A crown can be made of metal, ceramic, or porcelain. Porcelain crowns are matched to the color of your surrounding teeth, making them a popular choice for restorative and cosmetic procedures. Once fabricated, we will place it on the tooth, check for a suitable fit, and bond it permanently using dental adhesives.
A dental bridge is the most common way to replace a missing tooth or teeth. A traditional bridge consists of a pontic (or false tooth) fused to two dental crowns. The dental crowns, normally made from porcelain, are bonded to the adjacent teeth. Traditional dental bridges can be made from gold alloys as well, although porcelain or ceramic tends to be more aesthetic.
Why Might I Need A Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges are tooth replacement appliances that can replace one to three missing teeth in a row. They hold the space left by the missing teeth and prevent the neighboring teeth from moving into the gap. Dental bridges can restore your smile and improve your ability to speak, chew, and eat more comfortably.
Dental Bridge Placement Procedure
Dental bridges are fixed prosthetic devices that are permanently attached between two dental crowns that span a gap of one or more missing teeth. The prosthetic teeth are called pontics and are used to fill in the space of missing teeth. The bridge is permanently attached using dental crowns, which fit over each tooth on each side of the gap.
There are many different types of dental bridges available, including traditional dental bridges, cantilever bridges, and implant-supported bridges. Dental bridges typically require two or more appointments to complete, although this may vary depending on the type of dental bridge used.
Dental Crowns And Bridges After-care Instructions
Once your dental crown is ready, the dentist will cement it into place. However, it’s important to avoid the following items for at least 24 hours after the crown is placed:
- Sticky foods
- Hard foods, such as nuts or candy
- Extreme temperatures, such as ice packs or extremely warm drinks
To find out more about the dental services offered at Bergeron Dental, call (907)-456-5600 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 3112 Airport Way, Suite 2, Fairbanks, AK.