QUALITY DENTAL CROWNS IN CHARLOTTE NC
If one or more teeth have been affected by chips, cracks, decay, or other types of injury or damage, dental crowns may be the right solution for you. A dental crown, or tooth-shaped “cap”, is a type of restoration used to restore the size, shape, strength, or appearance of a tooth. When cemented in place, a dental crown will encase the entire visible portion of a tooth, starting at the gum line. We offer professionally-placed dental crowns in our dentist office using only the most advanced technology in dentistry.
WHEN IS A DENTAL CROWN NEEDED?
If have teeth that have become decayed or damaged, it’s essential to protect and restore their structure, strength, and function. Dental crowns are commonly used to:
- Protect a weakened tooth affected by decay
- Hold components of a cracked tooth together
- Restore an extremely worn down tooth
- Support and cover a tooth with a large filling
- Secure a dental bridge in position
- Cover a dental implant
- Conceal a stained or misshapen tooth
- Protect a tooth that has undergone a root canal
WHAT TYPES OF DENTAL CROWNS ARE AVAILABLE?
There are several distinct types of dental crowns available, each with their own set of benefits. Permanent crowns can be made from stainless steel, all metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all ceramic, or all resin. Metals often used in dental crowns include gold, nickel, palladium, or chromium. As metals rarely break or chip, they generally last the longest in terms of wear. Porcelain and ceramic offer the best value in terms of natural color, as they can be tinted the same color as your natural teeth.
HOW IS A DENTAL CROWN PLACED?
During an initial visit to our dentist, we will examine the affected tooth and its root system to determine whether or not a crown is a suitable method of restoration. The examination may require x-rays and impressions of the patient’s bite. To prepare the tooth for a crown, the tooth is reshaped by filing down the enamel. An impression is then taken and sent to a lab where the crown will be designed and manufactured. A temporary crown is placed to protect the tooth until the permanent crown is ready.
The process of applying a dental crown generally takes two or more visits, depending on the specific treatments needed. For more information about dental crowns or our services, contact our Charlotte Cosmetic Dentistry today.