Chagrin Falls Dental provides dental crowns in Chagrin Falls, OH. Call 440-247-8641 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Dental crowns are used when a tooth has sustained more damage or decay than can be treated with a composite filling. Modern dental crowns are both functional and aesthetic, blending in seamlessly with the rest of your smile and restoring your bite. Crowns protect the remaining healthy tooth structure, keep the jawbone strong, and stabilize adjacent teeth.
What to Expect When Getting a Crown
Getting a dental crown requires two appointments. During the first, impressions are taken of your teeth and bite, which allows us to design a crown that blends in naturally with the rest of your teeth. Your tooth is then prepared for the crown by removing areas of decay and damage. Another set of impressions is taken to ensure that your restoration fits securely onto the prepared tooth. We’ll provide you with a temporary crown to protect your prepared tooth while your permanent crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.
Once your crown is ready for placement, you’ll return to our office and it will be fitted and securely bonded to the tooth. With good oral hygiene practices, your crown can last for decades to come.
Types of Crowns
There are four basic types of dental crowns, each with its own benefits and potential downsides. Our team will help you select the right crown for your needs, aesthetic preferences, and budget. Whatever material you choose, we’ll ensure that your crown fits well, feels comfortable, and functions as it should. We’re not happy with your crown until you are!
Ceramic crowns are made with a dental porcelain chosen to match your adjacent teeth for a natural appearance. We recommended ceramic crowns for front teeth, but they are strong enough to be used anywhere in the mouth.
Porcelain Fused to Metal
Porcelain fused to metal crowns are a hybrid option that consists of a metal frame that is covered with dental porcelain. These restorations are strong enough to withstand biting and chewing forces, which is why they’re often a preferred choice for molars. Because the metal framework can create a dark line along the gums, these crowns are not recommended for front teeth.
Gold alloys are one of the strongest materials available for dental crowns, making it our material of choice for patients who have a history of teeth grinding. Although they are usually reserved for back teeth, some patients choose gold alloy crowns for their front teeth because of their unique aesthetics.
Base Metal Alloys
Like gold alloys, base metal alloys are exceptionally strong and a good fit for back teeth that might otherwise need to be extracted. These crowns are corrosion resistant and durable, but because they’re not an aesthetic option, they’re typically only used for molars.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Crowns
How long do dental crowns last?
The lifespan of a dental crown depends upon where the tooth is located in the mouth, the material chosen for the restoration, and your oral habits, but the average crown lasts five to 15 years, with many lasting decades with good care and maintenance.
Is it painful to have a crown put on your tooth?
When your tooth is being prepared for your crown, we use local anesthetic to numb the area so you won’t experience any pain.
What’s the difference between a crown and a cap?
Crowns and caps are two different terms for the same thing. The term “cap” comes from the fact that dental crowns cover over your natural tooth.
Does a crown need a post?
Sometimes you may need a post for a crown; this adds support for your restoration if a large amount of tooth structure needs to be removed.
Do crowns on front teeth look natural?
Yes, today’s high quality ceramic crowns are made to blend in naturally with the rest of your smile. No one will know you have a crown!