Tooth decay erodes tooth enamel, which can spread across the tooth or further into the tooth, weakening its structural integrity. Tooth decay can kill a tooth if it infects the pulp, essentially killing the nerve ending. A tooth with decayed nerve endings may need a root canal. During the procedure, the tooth is hollowed out and cleaned, and becomes brittle with all the missing tissue. Crowns act as a cover for the damaged, weak tooth and restore a functioning chewing surface.
Crowns restore the aesthetic appearance and function of the tooth. Crowns are used in several dental procedures like dental bridges, dental implants, and root canals. They can be made from a variety of materials: composite resin, porcelain, gold, alloys, steel, and silver. There are a few alternatives to crowns, each varying in cost and procedure: inlays and onlays, dental fillings, and dental implants can all be used in place of the crown. Crowns don't fall under most dental insurance plans; at Schnierow Dental Care we provide consultations to our patients interested in a restorative procedure.
Different Types of Crowns
Stainless steel crowns are often used as temporary crowns, often used on children's primary teeth, they grow out with the new tooth. Gold is biocompatible, corrosion, and stain-resistant. Gold is fairly malleable and does not alter the bite, it can be a lot more expensive than other crowns. Alloy crowns can be made from alloys of different metals, some alloys are more biocompatible than others and people may experience allergic reactions to some of these alloys.
Porcelain crowns have a high aesthetic appeal, replicating the translucent white appearance of tooth enamel. They are highly durable and stain resistant. Composite resin crowns are increasingly popular, they are cheaper than most and can match the shade of any tooth. They are not stain resistant, whitening treatments do not affect their color, so they must be treated with the utmost care.
Installing a Dental Crown
Preparing and installing a dental crown takes between two to three sessions. We provide a wide variety of dental crowns at Schnierow Dental Care. A dental exam is needed to install the crown. Your dentist will use information assessed from the exam to come up with a plan for treatment. An x-ray image is taken to examine the roots of the tooth receiving the crown and its supporting bone structure.
If the crown is for a root canal or cavity, the affected tissue is cleaned and an impression is made of the tooth opposing the new crown. This impression is sent to a dental lab to make the crown, meanwhile, your tooth is filled with a temporary filling or covered by a temporary crown. When the crown is ready, the temporary filling or crown is removed. The tooth may need to be reshaped in order for the crown to fit your bite. The tooth is cleaned and the crown is cemented into place. Minor adjustments will be made to ensure the crown properly fits your bite. If you are interested in receiving a crown or would like to discuss alternative treatments, reach out to our team at (424) 383-5005 to schedule an appointment.