Why you might need a dental crown?
A crown is a dental restoration that covers or “caps” a tooth to restore it to its normal shape, size, and function. Its purpose is to strengthen or improve the appearance of a tooth. A crown can:
- restore a tooth when there isn’t enough tooth remaining to provide support for a large filling
- attach a bridge to replace the missing teeth
- protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- restore a fractured tooth
- cover a badly shaped or discolored tooth
- cover a dental implant
How is a crown placed?
Crowns can be made in as little as one visit if CEREC technology is used. We prepare the tooth by removing its outer portion to accommodate the thickness of the crown. If additional tooth structure is needed to support the crown, the dentist may build up the core of the tooth. A digital impression is captured with a High Definition camera to provide an exact computer simulated model of the prepared tooth. Your dentist cements the final crown after it has been milled in the office. If it is decided to use a laboratory, a traditional impression is taken and sent to a laboratory so the technician can develop the shape and size of the crown. A temporary cap is placed while the final crown is made. When the crown is ready, the dentist tries it in place and makes any necessary adjustments. When you and your dentist are satisfied with how it looks and feels, the crown is cemented in place.
What is it made from?
The look and function of a crown are considered when choosing the material most suitable for you. Madrid Dental will consider the tooth location, the position of the gum tissue, the amount of tooth that shows when you smile, the color or shade of the tooth, and the function. Crowns are made from several types of materials. Metal alloys, ceramics, porcelain, composite resin, or combinations of these materials may be used. In the process of making a crown, the material often is colored to blend in with your natural teeth.
At Madrid Dental we want to create a crown that looks and feels natural. To achieve that, several factors are considered including the color, occlusion or “bite”, the shape and length of your natural teeth, and your new crown.
Caring for your teeth
To prevent damage to a crown, avoid chewing hard foods, ice, or other hard objects, such as pencils. Brush at least twice a day and floss. Be sure to see us at Madrid Dental for regular examinations and your professional teeth cleaning.