Dental crowns are more common than you might think. In fact, the number of Americans with dental crowns is on the rise. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 15 million people in the United States have crowns put in place of missing teeth. The dentists at Cosmetic Dentistry Center are experienced professionals who offer same-day, one-hour crowns and other options. If you think you may need a crown, book an appointment online or call today. Cosmetic Dentistry Center is conveniently located in the Bay Ridge area of Brooklyn, New York.
Questions & Answers
Crowns Q & A
A dental crown is also called a “cap.” It’s placed on top of a damaged tooth. It’s shaped to look like the natural tooth and can improve its appearance and strength. The crown is placed on top of the original tooth, completely covering the area of the tooth that can be seen above the gum line. It’s sealed in place with a special cement.
There are a variety of reasons the experienced dentists at Cosmetic Dentistry Center may suggest a crown. A crown can cover a dental implant or stained or worn tooth.
A crown can do more than improve the appearance of a tooth. It can protect and hold together a weak tooth. Teeth that are weakened by decay or extremely large fillings are at risk of breaking unless they’re strengthened with a crown.
Whether you need a crown to improve the look of your smile or the functionality of a tooth, a dental crown can safeguard teeth.
Dental crown construction has advanced over the years. Crowns can be fashioned out of many materials, including:
- Stainless steel
- Gold or another alloy
- Porcelain fused to metal
The material used for your crown depends on your situation and the crown’s purpose. For example, stainless steel is typically the go-to material for temporary crowns. Stainless steel crowns are incredibly durable. Prefabricated stainless steel crowns are commonly used for children who need crowns on baby teeth.
Metal crowns are durable and able to withstand the force of biting and chewing, but due to their color, they’re commonly used on teeth in the rear of the mouth.
Porcelain fused to metal crowns are closer in appearance to natural teeth than stainless steel crowns. However, they do have some disadvantages. For example, the metal portion of the crown might show as a dark line close to the gums. The opposing teeth may also experience more wear than they would with another type of crown.
All-resin crowns are generally a less expensive option, but are also more prone to cracking, whereas all-ceramic crowns are the best option for people who have metal allergies.
Cosmetic Dentistry Center offers porcelain crowns that can be made right in the office on the day of your procedure. One-hour crowns are a great option for most conditions.
Your appointment begins with X-rays so that your Cosmetic Dentistry Center dental professional can ascertain the condition of the tooth that’s getting a crown. Next, your dentist uses a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and its surrounding tissue. The tooth is filed down or built up so that the crown fits properly and securely.
Afterward, the dentist makes an impression of your teeth, which is used to construct your custom crown. If your crown is being made by an outside lab, your dentist covers your tooth with a temporary crown until the permanent crown is finished. When your crown is ready, you’ll have a second visit to install and fit your crown into place.
If you think you may need a crown or would like to discuss your dental needs, contact the professional team at Cosmetic Dentistry Center or schedule an appointment online.