Restore Cracked or Damaged TeethWhen a tooth has been severely damaged or cracked, a dental crown is often the best option. Dental crowns can be made from a variety of metals like silver or gold, but many people prefer a porcelain material that has a natural white appearance. Crowns are made to fit over your tooth and are bonded in place. This can restore a tooth that has been broken, deeply cracked or has large fillings, protecting it from further damage. Dental crowns are also used in other dental treatments like root canals and restorative dentistry. Most root canal treatments require a dental crown to protect the weakened tooth structure. Dental crowns are also used in creating dental bridges and dental implants, helping replace missing teeth for a functional, beautiful smile.
Dental Inlays and OnlaysWhen a complete dental crown is not needed, but a large portion of a damaged tooth needs protection, inlays and onlays can be a solution. These protective dental coverings replace missing tooth material on the top or sides. Unlike fillings, inlays and onlays are created in a dental lab and bonded to the tooth, not hardened. This can put less stress on the tooth structure for significant tooth damage. When you need a damaged tooth repaired or restored, contact Curtis Family Dentistry today. We offer beautiful dental crowns, inlays and onlays that can be matched to your smile for a discrete repair.
Dental Crowns FAQs
What is a crown on a tooth?
A dental crown is a porcelain, metal, or ceramic tooth cap designed to cover the entire visible portion of your tooth. Crowns are used to protect your natural tooth after it’s been chipped, broken, or suffered severe dental decay.
Is it painful to have a crown put on your tooth?
Our team does everything we can to make your dental crown procedure stress-free. We’ll use a local anesthetic to numb the area before we begin working to keep you as comfortable as possible. Rest assured, your safety and comfort are our top priorities.
How long does a dental crown last?
When properly cared for, a dental crown can last as long as 10 years. To increase your crown’s lifespan, practice a comprehensive dental hygiene routine. Brush twice-per-day, floss at least once daily, and ensure you’re attending your biannual professional cleaning.
What is the best type of dental crown?
Crowns may be composed of metal materials, ceramic, porcelain, or a combination of two materials. Oftentimes, front tooth crowns are composed of ceramic or porcelain for optimal aesthetic appeal. During your consultation, we’ll discuss your crown placement and budget to determine the best material for your smile.