As we get a little older, our teeth start to change. There are many possible reasons for this which can include bruxism (teeth grinding), general decay, cracked fillings, root canals, and many others. If using a filling is not an option, Dr. Sater may recommend that the best viable option to save the tooth is a full crown. The reasons for this type of restoration in a badly damaged tooth are durability, cosmetic appearance, and overall support of the chewing function.
Dr. Sater will examine your tooth and determine which of these is best suited for you. You can be comfortable in knowing that your new tooth will blend and complement the rest of your smile.
Types of Crowns
There are a few different options for the repair of your tooth. These options include:
• A full porcelain crown.
• A porcelain fused to metal or gold crown.
• A full gold crown.
Crowns can be made out of a gold alloy, metal alloy, stainless steel, all porcelain/all ceramic, composite resin, zirconia or porcelain on the outside fused to metal or zirconia on the inside.
The process takes 2 sessions. Although the majority of crowns are completed in two visits, there is sometimes a need for a third visit to ensure a proper fit.
Dr. Sater will first remove all of the decay in the tooth and then take an impression of the tooth. This impression will be sent to our local dental laboratory where your new restoration will be crafted. While this new tooth is created, we will provide you with a temporary restoration that will resemble your natural teeth so that you can continue with your daily life.
During your second session, we will proceed with the placement of your final restoration. This crown will be fitted comfortably into the mouth. We will make every effort to ensure that the new tooth feels exactly like one of your natural teeth.
The final step in the process is to cement the crown into your mouth restoring your fantastic smile.