Dental crowns, also called caps, are used as restorations to reinforce a tooth that is cracked or weakened by tooth decay; to augment a tooth drilled down for root canal therapy; for covering a tooth that is crooked, poorly shaped, or discolored; to top off teeth that were drilled to be used as anchors for a dental bridge; and as the tooth portion of a dental implant. With that wide variety of possibilities, it’s easy to see just how versatile a crown can be. At Fifth Avenue Dental Associates, we want your teeth to be strong and healthy as well as looking great. With our 11209 dental crowns, we can make that a reality.
What are crowns made out of? Porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and ceramic are popular choices. The point of using these materials is that they give you an attractive, tooth-colored restoration that blends in well with the look of your other teeth, giving you a uniform smile. Our dentist will discuss with you the best choice based on factors such as the location of the tooth in your mouth (front or back, for example), and whether you have habits that make tooth discoloration more likely (porcelain is more resistant to stains than other materials used for crowns). No matter whether you get porcelain, ceramic, or porcelain-fused-to-metal, you can be sure that our 11209 dental crowns are strong and durable.
Having a crown placed typically will take two sessions at our office. On your first visit, we will take impressions of your mouth that will be sent off to the dental lab. There, your crown will be fashioned to precision. On your second visit, our dentist will fit the crown to your tooth, make any adjustments that might be necessary, and finally cement it into place. In some instances, such as when you have root canal therapy performed, we will fit you with a temporary crown between sessions. This is so that your tooth is protected from contamination until your permanent one is fitted. Thanks to our 11209 dental crowns, you can save a tooth that might otherwise either be of little use or need to be removed.