Dental crowns are prosthetics for your teeth. Crowns - or dental caps, as they’re called - become a permanent part of your teeth and require the same care you give your other teeth. Go to a Yonkers family dentist near you, and you’ll find the dental crown cost is just as reasonable as other dentists, but you may be able to have it put in place sooner.
A dental crown is a prosthetic for your tooth. Unlike a denture, teeth caps are cemented onto your teeth, so they’re permanent. Crowns, or dental caps, cover damaged teeth completely, from the gum line up to the tip. Dental caps can be made to look just like your original teeth, matching the color and shape. You may need a dental crown to:
When Would I Need a Crown or Bridge?
The aim of dentistry in Yonkers has always been to preserve your natural teeth, maintaining their strength and structure and helping them to last for as long as possible, hopefully for life. Nowadays, with the help of modern preventative dental techniques, people can retain their natural teeth for longer, and if a tooth is damaged, the general expectation is that it will be restored, not removed. But, when teeth are removed, it’s essential they are replaced.
When teeth are missing, it can affect your bite and overall oral health. Nowadays more people are opting to have dental implants, and this treatment is fast becoming the gold standard. As a result, fewer people are choosing to have dental bridges which used to be the treatment of choice over removable dentures. However, sometimes conventional crowns and bridges are still the best choice in specific situations.
When to Choose a Dental Crown
When a tooth needs restoring it is almost certainly damaged by tooth decay or trauma, both of which can result in a loss of tooth structure. The more tooth structure that is missing, the weaker the tooth.
A dental filling can restore a relatively small amount of missing structure and will ensure the tooth is still functional, but when too much structure is lost, then the tooth would be too weak for a filling. In this case, the best treatment is usually a crown.
Sometimes called a cap, a crown covers the entire tooth so that none of the original tooth is visible in the mouth. The crown is custom-made to replicate the original tooth before it was damaged. Most caps are made from tooth-colored ceramics and once in the mouth will function just like an ordinary and healthy tooth.
When deciding whether a crown is appropriate for a tooth, a dentist will assess the extent of the damage to the tooth. Also, we will look at the type of wear and tear on the tooth as some teeth are substantially damaged by habits such as clenching and grinding. Sometimes a tooth is heavily stained, and this can influence the type of materials chosen to cover it.
An extensively damaged or diseased tooth may need root canal therapy, and, in this case, a dental crown is almost certainly needed. When a tooth is severely infected and needs this treatment, it will probably already have lost much of its original structure and couldn’t be restored with an ordinary filling.
Types of Dental Crowns
Your Yonkers dentist, open on Saturdays and Sundays, can make your crowns from several different materials, such as:
Regardless of the type of dental caps you get, you take care of them the same way you clean all of your teeth - by brushing and flossing. The crowns are now a permanent part of your mouth. The differences between temporary and permanent crowns include:
Temporary crowns are made quickly in the dentist’s office.
Permanent crowns are made in a dental laboratory, fitted from a mold of your bite.
Temporary caps are made from either acrylic or stainless steel and are used for a little while until your dentist is done creating your permanent ones.
What Type of Crown Is Best?
Dental crowns can be made from a variety of materials, and the choice may depend on the location of the tooth.
Highly Visible Tooth
For example, a tooth that is highly visible whenever you smile, or talk is best restored with the most natural looking material possible. In this case, it will almost certainly be an all-ceramic or porcelain crown.
This is made entirely from ceramic material, which is slightly translucent, allowing light that hits the crown to be transmitted right through in a way that is very like a real tooth.
Not So Visible Tooth
In contrast, a tooth that is right at the back of the mouth and not so visible can be made from a highly polished gold alloy.
This is a very traditional choice because the gold alloy is kind to the opposing tooth and will not wear down.
Other options include a metal alloy substructure that is covered up with porcelain, or even an entirely all-ceramic crown. These days the very latest generation of ceramics are incredibly durable and are made from a type of material called zirconia. A zirconia crown can resist even the highest during forces generated by back teeth.
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