Dental crowns are a terrific solution for both restorative dental care and cosmetic purposes. Crowns are used to fix cracked or worn teeth and support dental bridges. Crowns can also be attached to dental implants or utilized for restoration after a dental root canal. Dental crowns are a large part of restorative dentistry.
How are Dental Crowns Made?
Dental crowns can be created from a variety of different materials, like resin, porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, and metal alloys. The material that you and your dentist choose is based on facts like the location of your tooth, how much of your natural tooth is remaining, and of course just how visible the crown is when you smile. Durability and strength are also considered, of course.
At Lakeville Dental, we partner with highly skilled United States laboratories to create high quality, natural-looking porcelain crowns that are both affordable and strong.
Other Crown Types
There are a range of materials available to create crowns:
- Traditional Porcelain Crowns
These crowns are skillfully crafted to match the color of your natural teeth. They are made in a dental lab by a technician, and offer a natural, attractive appearance that blends in with your own teeth and provides long-lasting, durable, and effective coverage.
- Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns
This type of crown is also made from porcelain, matched to your natural teeth for appearance. But with this type of crown, just beneath the porcelain, there is underlying metal that makes these crowns types extremely long-lasting. They are occasionally used when the natural tooth is greatly discolored.
- Gold Alloy Crowns
Most often used with back teeth, durable gold crowns may be used when more strength is required, such as for patients who grind their teeth at night.
How Long Does Getting a Crown Take?
Choosing any of these types of crowns takes two visits for your dental team to complete.
The tooth will be prepped, with any decayed areas removed. An impression or scan of the prepped tooth will be made and a highly skilled laboratory will create a custom crown for your tooth..
A temporary crown will be placed while your final crown is being created.
The process of getting a crown doesn’t take that long when you consider that crowns often last many years with proper care and oral hygiene, such as regular dental visits for cleaning and examination and daily brushing and flossing at home.
Are You Ready to Learn More About Dental Crowns?
If you need a crown, Lakeville Dental is here to help. We’re experts in both cosmetic and restorative dentistry techniques. So, when you’re ready to schedule a visit or simply learn more about crowns, give us a call. We’re ready to make sure your smile looks great and stays healthy.