At Precious Smile Dental & Orthodontics, we can provide patients with cosmetic dental crowns. A cosmetic dental crown is a dental restoration that covers or caps a tooth, restoring it to its orignial shape and size while also strengthening the tooth and improving its overall appearance. A cosmetic dental crown is needed when a tooth is broken to the point where a dental filling will not solve the problem. If you are in need of a dental crown in Grand Prairie, Irving, Dallas, Arlington, Fort Worth and surrounding areas, call Precious Smile Dental & Orthodontics today to schedule a teeth whitening appointment.
What to Expect from the Dental Crown Procedure
The dental crown procedure occurs in two phases. At your first appointment, the first step is to numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. Next, your tooth will be prepared through filing or reshaping, which will allow the dental crown to fit securely and comfortably. After your tooth is prepared, an impression will be made of your teeth and gums. That impression is then sent to a lab to build a custom dental crown. This process usually takes approximately two to three weeks. You will be given a temporary dental crown until your permanent dental crown is ready.
At your second appointment, your new dental crown is inspected for proper fit and color. Your temporary crown is removed and the new crown is cemented onto your tooth.
Types of Dental Crowns
There are a variety of different methods of crown restoration, each using a different dental crown material. The different types of dental crown material include:
- Porcelain-Fused-To-Metal (PFM) Dental Crowns
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns provide a strong, durable and aesthetic treatment option. One of the key factors for the aesthetic and functional success of this type of crown is ensuring the preparation of the underlying tooth structure provides adequate space for the appropriate thickness of the material selected.
One consideration with the porcelain-fused-to-metal option is that they may tend to show the underlying metal or gold margin at the gum line as gums recede over time. This will not be a major concern if the restored teeth are posterior ones (back teeth). Some patients opt for this type, but replace it at a later date in order to obtain a better aesthetic effect. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns with an all porcelain collar can eliminate this issue.
- Ceramic or Porcelain Dental Crowns
The most common materials of choice for all-ceramic crowns are zirconia or aluminous. They provide a metal-free aesthetic option with a number of benefits.
By eliminating the need for the supportive metal core, an aesthetic all-ceramic crown can be created with a reduced thickness of the material. This makes it a more favorable treatment choice in areas with limited space. Additionally, the elimination of the metal core allows for light transmission through the porcelain for a more life-like and attractive look.
All-ceramic materials continue to evolve in strength and durability, but caution should still be exercised for areas of the mouth requiring heavy function such as chewing.
- Precious Metal Dental Crowns< Although not as popular a treatment choice for aesthetic reasons, gold or precious metal is still indicated in some cases. For example, patients with strong bites and those with parafunctional habits and bruxism (such as grinding or clenching) might be better served with a gold crown. This traditional restorative material can provide stronger support to the remaining healthy tooth structure. Gold offers a high level of durability that is appropriate for teeth located in the back of the mouth (such as the molars), where they will not be highly visible. Gold crowns offer greater longevity and require less tooth reductions than porcelain and porcelain-fused-to-metal alternatives. Furthermore, when chewing, gold tends to be less abrasive to the opposing tooth than porcelain. This helps to prevent wearing of the teeth in long run.
- Resin Dental Crowns
Risks of Getting a Dental Crown
Some patients may experience increased sensitivity immediately after their dental crown procedure. This is more common if the crowned tooth still has a nerve. Other complications that may occur with a dental crown are:
- Pain or Sensitivity when Biting
- Chipping of a Porcelain Crown
- Loosening of a Dental Crown
In some instances, a dental crown may fall off. If this occurs, contact a Precious Smile Dental & Orthodontics location immediately. One of our dentists may be able to replace the dental crown or create a new dental crown for you if necessary.
Precious Smile Dental & Orthodontics proudly provides patients from Grand Prairie, Irving, Dallas, Arlington, Fort Worth and surrounding areas with cosmetic dental crowns. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!