A dental crown is commonly known as a tooth cap, and is one of the foundations of restorative dentistry. Crowns allow Dr. Ricciardi to restore teeth in a durable but natural-looking way. One or more crowns are often part of a larger-scale restorative process like full mouth reconstruction, and can be paired with dental implants to replace missing teeth. If one of your teeth has been damaged via decay or physical trauma, it’s likely that a crown will be a part of the solution.
Patient Education Page: Dental Crowns
When A Crown Is The Right Restoration For You
Restorative dentistry offers a wide spectrum of solutions for rebuilding compromised teeth. Crowns are the most substantial way to refurbish natural teeth that have lost structure. When the damage is not severe, dental bonding or dental veneers may suffice. Yet bonding and veneers don’t offer the increased support that crowns provide weakened teeth, and could result in the tooth’s failure. Dr. Ricciardi will determine which type of restoration will most benefit the tooth in question.
Advantages of Dental Crowns
- Crowns rebuild damaged or decayed teeth to help prevent the need for extraction
- Porcelain and PFM crowns subtly blend into smiles
- The crown process is complete within two appointments
- Crowns can reduce the risk of future decay
- With proper care, crowns will last for many years
Different crown materials offer a variety of pros and cons. The three crown compositions include:
- All-porcelain – Dental porcelain mimics natural enamel in many ways, and makes for the most aesthetic restoration. The porcelain restoration will be matched to the patient’s surrounding teeth, resulting in subtle dental work.
- Gold alloy – Metal crowns are durable and require less natural tooth reduction during crown prep, but they are also highly visible within a smile.
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) – PFM crowns combine a porcelain exterior with a core of gold alloy to craft a restoration that is both strong and natural-looking.
Ongoing Crown Care
In order to ensure your crown’s long life, clean it thoroughly but gently. Avoid exposing it to undue force by only using the crown to eat food, and never as a tool. If you have had a history of teeth grinding, we recommend getting a night guard to protect the restoration (as well as your natural teeth). If you take care of your crown, it will remain healthy part of your smile for years to come.
If you have questions about an existing crown, or are interested in pursuing a restoration, please contact us.