Dental Crowns Dr. Robert E. Lane D.M.D.
in Boca Raton, FL
A reliable option for repairing missing teeth is crowns, which are commonly used for fixing teeth in a state of disrepair. They are used to provide an ideal solution to help you maintain a healthier and more functional smile.
What is a Dental Crown?
Essentially, dental crowns are a tooth-shaped ceramic plate that is placed over a tooth to restore its appearance. Once they are placed, they lie at and above the gum line.
When Do You Need a Dental Crown?
There are many situations that affect when you might need a dental crown; these are the most common:
- To guard a weak tooth against breaking
- To prevent fractures after a root canal
- To restore an already broken tooth
- To hold a dental bridge in place
- To cover a dental implant
- To craft a cosmetic modification
- To treat excessive wear of teeth
In any case, a dentist should be contacted and they would recommend the right type of dental crown for you.
Dental Crown Types
Depending on the severity of the case, a crown can be provisional or permanent. They can be made from stainless steel, gold, porcelain, resin or ceramic.
Stainless Steel crowns are prefabricated and are usually used as a temporary measure. The crown will protect the tooth while a permanent crown is made. The crown shields the tooth and prevents further damage. Stainless steel crowns are often used for children since they don’t require multiple dental visits to place them.
Metal crowns could be made out of gold alloy, palladium or nickel, for example. Metal crowns probably last the longest in terms of wear. Also, metal rarely chips or breaks. However, the metallic color is the main drawback for most users.
Porcelain crowns can be easily color matched to your teeth. However, as opposed to metal crowns, porcelain can chip or break off. Porcelain crowns are probably the most natural-looking ones. These are usually good choices for front or back teeth.
Resin dental crowns are less expensive than others. But, they do wear down over time and are even more prone to fractures than porcelain crowns. This is one of the main reasons they are commonly used for temporary purposes.
Ceramic crowns provide a nice natural color match and are the perfect option for people with metal allergies. Ceramic crowns are usually used for front teeth repairs since they provide the best color match.
Is a Dental Crown Painful?
Perhaps the only “painful” part of getting a dental crown is getting the local anesthesia. After that, the tooth area is numb so there isn’t any pain during the procedure. After the anesthesia has worn off, some patients may feel some sensitivity or soreness in the gums around the tooth, which is completely normal. Overall the pain is very minimal and shouldn’t last long.
Benefits of a Dental Crown
Dental crowns offer many benefits thanks to their restorative capabilities. A patient who receives a dental crown can benefit from:
- More support on a badly damaged tooth
- Tooth restoration after a root canal
- The ability to hold together a severely cracked tooth
- Anchor a dental bridge
Plus, a dental crown can also provide cosmetic benefits like:
- Add length or width to misshapen teeth
- Mask tooth discolorations
- Cover a dental implant
- Mask a cracked tooth
Talk to one of our dentists today to see if a dental crown is the right move for you.