Dental crowns are one of the most frequently recommended dental treatments. A dental crown is recommended on a tooth that already has a large restoration, that has small cracks from stress clenching, on broken teeth, and on root canal teeth. Dental crowns are like a hat in that they cover the entire top of the tooth to strengthen and protect it.
There are many different types and styles of dental crowns. Crowns range from porcelain to metal. They can be made the same appointment or they can take up to a few weeks to be made. Crowns are made with different materials to address many different issues. Front teeth require extremely aesthetically pleasing appearances to match surrounding teeth. Heavy bruxers (grinders) require crowns that can sustain extreme pressures. Teeth that are brittle and week may require a crown with a metal underlay to provide extra support. And, some patients still request Gold crowns for its flexibility and long lasting nature.
By looking into the mouth, by talking with the patient, by evaluating all of the elements surrounding the tooth to be crowned, we can determine which type of crown is best for that patient. One of the most popular crowns used is the one day crown. Technology allows us to mold a crown and place it the same day. This technology is very efficient and only requires one appointment. Other crowns, such as Gold crowns, require an initial visit, 7-10 days for the lab to create the crown, and a second appointment to seat the crown. Although it is still a very good option, it is much more time consuming. Our staff is always happy to discuss treatment options with our patients, as well as, answer any questions.
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