To repair the size, shape, and strength of a damaged tooth above the gum line, Dr. Allison Clark, DMD, at Clark Family Dental in New Lebanon, Ohio, uses tooth-shaped caps called crowns. Once cemented in place, your crown fully encases the visible portion of your decayed, broken, or misshapen tooth. To improve the look and health of your teeth and smile with a crown, call or make an appointment online today.
Dr. Clark collaborates with you to determine the type of crow that best suits your dental needs and personal preferences. Depending on where in your mouth you need a crown, Dr. Clark offers several types, made of different materials.
Made of gold, palladium, nickel, or chromium, metal crowns last the longest and rarely chip or break. Metal crowns withstand biting and chewing forces and only require Dr. Clark to remove a small amount of your tooth. Their metallic color makes them a good choice for out-of-sight molars.
A good choice for front or back teeth because they have more natural tooth colorings, the porcelain part of porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns is subject to chipping and breaking, causing the metal to show through.
While less expensive than other types of crowns, those made of all-resin tend to wear down over time and break more often than porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns.
Although not as strong as porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, all-ceramic and all-porcelain crowns offer the best natural color match, making them a good choice for front teeth. Additionally, all-ceramic and all-porcelain crowns provide a superb alternative when you have metal allergies.
Pressed ceramic crowns have a porcelain cap, a hard inner core, and the best natural color match of all crown types.
Regardless of the type of crown you choose, Dr. Clark takes the time to ease your anxiety by explaining every step of the process.
The process for receiving a crown from Dr. Clark usually requires two office visits. At your first visit, Dr. Clark numbs the area in and around the targeted tooth. She then removes any old fillings, files your tooth, and fills any cavities.
Next, Dr. Clark takes an impression of your tooth and sends it to the dental lab, where they make your permanent crown, and fits you for a temporary crown.
At your second visit, Dr. Clark removes your temporary crown, fits the permanent one, and takes an x-ray to ensure proper fit. The final step is cementing your crown in place.
Depending on wear and tear, and your oral hygiene habits, dental crowns last up to 15 years.
Crowned teeth don’t require special care, but the underlying tooth still needs protection from decay and gum disease. Therefore, continue to brush and floss daily and don’t bite hard surfaces to prevent cracking your crown.
To fix your smile with a crown, call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Allison Clark, DMD, at Clark Family Dental in New Lebanon, Ohio.