Dental crowns are caps that cover a tooth or a dental implant. Dentists often recommend crowns as a way to support broken, weak, or misshapen teeth.
They can also be used in conjunction with bridges to strengthen multiple teeth. When it comes to the materials that crowns are made of, you want to make sure that what you’re cementing in your mouth is good and safe. Here is some information on the materials used for dental crowns and the general procedures.
The Types of Dental Crowns
Materials commonly used in crowns include ceramic, porcelain, metal, composite resin, zirconia, and combinations of materials, such as porcelain fused with metal or zirconia fused with ceramic.
You’ll want to discuss the best material for your crowns with your dentist. This will include how much of your actual tooth remains, the location of and the function of the tooth that needs the crown, and the color of your surrounding teeth.
Dental Crown Procedure
There are two main types of procedures for installing a dental crown. Your dentist can prepare your tooth and install a temporary crown during one visit and then cement the permanent crown into your mouth during the second visit. During these visits, molds will be taken of your teeth and you might be administered a local anesthetic depending on the tooth and your needs.
Or, you can have a same-day procedure if your dentist has the appropriate technology and equipment to create a crown in the office. Instead of waiting for a mold to come back from the lab, they would simply use a scan of your teeth to create the crown and install it that same day.
If you’re ready to learn more about dental crowns and what they can do for you, call Dr. Luke’s office at (301) 880-4439 or book an online appointment and schedule a consultation as soon as today!