If you have discolored or worn teeth, you can benefit from dental crowns. Also known as dental caps, dental crowns cover teeth and dental restorations. When treating patients with dental crowns, Dr. Randall or Melissa Stewart will prepare the tooth receiving the crown by removing a bit of the tooth structure. This preparation ensures that the dental crown will fit securely onto the tooth. Dental impressions will then be taken of the tooth or teeth receiving the crown. After several weeks, the permanent crowns will be inserted. They may be color-matched to teeth, depending on whether you chose a restoration with metal, porcelain, ceramic, or another type of material.
Dental Crown Materials
Dental crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including:
- Stainless steel: Patients of all ages can benefit from this economical option. Stainless steel is durable and is a great option for back teeth and molars.
- Porcelain Ceramic: Reflective porcelain dental crowns blend in with natural teeth and can be color-matched to existing teeth.
- Zirconium: Zirconium provides a crystalline look and is less susceptible to cracking than other dental crown materials.
- Gold and Metal Alloy: Metal is strong against wear and tear. It can also take pressure from biting and chewing. Metal crowns are great for molars as they are in the back of the mouth and not as noticeable.
- Porcelain Fused to Metal: This option provides all of the benefits of porcelain and metal crowns as they are durable and look and feel natural.
Dental Crown FAQs
Learn the answers to frequently asked questions about dental crowns below:
How long do dental crowns last?
With proper dental care, dental crowns can last patients for up to 30 years.
Am I a candidate for dental crowns?
Broken teeth that still have the tooth root intact can receive dental crowns. Patients with missing teeth may also receive dental implants, dentures, or dental bridges which can be covered and protected with dental crowns. Treatment may be needed for patients with tooth decay, but they can receive dental crowns after the infection is removed, often through a root canal procedure.
Is it painful to receive dental crowns?
A local anesthetic is used to numb the tooth that is receiving the dental crown, so the procedure shouldn’t be painful. You may feel some soreness after the procedure, but this should pass.
Can dental crowns fall out?
Dental crowns can come loose as a result of tooth damage or decay. We will monitor the condition of your dental crown during routine dental care visits. If you notice any changes in the fit or comfort of your crown, or if the crown falls out, contact our office right away. We will give you advice on how to address the problem. Our staff can also help you schedule an appointment.
Schedule an Appointment
Do you have damaged or weak teeth? Strengthen your teeth and dental restorations with dental crowns. Call Stewart Dental Group today at 704-255-4256. You can also schedule an appointment with our professional team online here.