Has a dentist recommended that you have a dental crown placed? Crowns are some of the most frequently used restorations in the dental field, and they allow us to repair, strengthen, protect, and even replace teeth. However, may patients aren’t 100% sure what a crown is or how it’s placed. Watch our video to hear from one of our Greenbelt dentists, Dr. Richard Duarte, explain the ins and outs of dental crown restorations, and keep reading to find out more.
Are Crowns & Caps the Same Thing?
Yes. Both terms refer to the same dental restoration that is recommended for several reasons, which are explained in the next section.
Why are Dental Crowns Used?
Crowns may be used for a variety of reasons, including the following:
- To repair teeth that are too decayed or damaged to be successfully restored with fillings
- To conceal cosmetic flaws that cannot be corrected otherwise
- To protect teeth after root canal treatment
- When very large fillings need to be replaced and there is not enough tooth structure to fill again
What are Dental Crowns Made of?
Crowns are made from a variety of materials depending on where they’re placed. Traditionally, all-metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns have been used to restore back teeth. Now, there are specially designed durable porcelain crowns as another option for back teeth. These strong, biocompatible materials are able to absorb the pressure of mastication and teeth grinding. For front teeth, all-ceramic crowns retain a highly cosmetic and natural appearance even after years of wear.
Does my Tooth Have to be Drilled?
A minimal amount of tooth structure (~1-2mm) will have to be removed around the tooth itself.
Contact Your Greenbelt Dentist to Find Out More
If you’d like to find out more about dental crowns, give us a call to schedule an appointment. Our team of dental experts is here to help whenever you need us, and we will do our utmost to offer you superior dental care utilizing only the highest quality materials.