Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration and others. If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can help you recover your smile. If your dentist notices that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened/cracked a crown may be necessary to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth. In cases like this a filling or bonding will not be sufficient.
Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. To maintain a natural look and feel a porcelain finished crown is best, as it can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This will allow it to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth.
The process of installing a crown takes 2-3 visits to the dentist. On the first visit the tooth will be reshaped by filing down the enamel so that the crown can be placed over it. You will be given a local anesthetic before this part of the procedure so that you do not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been reshaped, a mold will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. This mold will be sent to a dental lab so that your new crown can be made so that it fits in the spot created for it and looks the same relative to the surrounding teeth. Before leaving, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready.
The crown takes about 2-3 weeks to be returned to your dentist. At this time you will have another appointment to place and fit the permanent crown. You will again have a local anesthetic to numb the area and the tooth will be placed using a cement to ensure the tooth sets in place. When you look in the mirror, you will see your old smile back. Crowns are durable and will usually last about 10-15 years. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Call us today if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.
Worried that a crown looks like a fake tooth?
Nowadays dental crowns can offer the beauty and strength of a natural teeth. Dental porcelain can be sculpted to closely replicate the shape and color of natural teeth, while providing desirable strenght and resilience. Metal-free porcelain or Zirconia crowns are excellent options to recreate the form and function of a damage tooth, because they can replace the entire external portion of the tooth down to the gum line, and it gives the possibility to create even better esthetic appearance.
By using metal free crowns, custom shade guide and digital technology, working with great dental laboratories, we can perfectly match the original tooth's color, consistency and physical characteristics. Ask us about the IPS e.max® crowns, veneers and bridges. E.max is the leading all-ceramic restoration used today; a perfect replacement to the traditional metal-based structure utilized in the past.
What is E.max?
E.max represents a major breakthrough in restorative and cosmetic dentistry. One reason behind this is a combination of its high esthetics and superior strength. The all-ceramic dental crowns and restorations made from e.max are natural-looking and contain no metal. Depending on the correction you want to make, your dentist will work with you to select the best option whether it be crowns, veneers, a bridge or implants.
E.max restorations can help fix:
- Discolored or stained teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Older dental work utilizing metal
- Shape or form of teeth
- And many more issues!
E.max is the #1 all-ceramic restoration used today. The patented e.max material has more than 10 years of clinical evidence with a 98.2% success rate.