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Part of the aging process is our teeth begin to decay more and more over the years. There are times when a dental Crown may be necessary. If your tooth is beyond the help of fillings and it is necessary to recommend a Crown to save the tooth. A Crown helps aid in chewing foods, they are durable and they are aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
If a Crown becomes necessary we have options:
Full Porcelain-(Jacket Crown)(Metal free) is the most beautiful and contemporary look in dental restoration.
Porcelain Fused to Metal- (PFM)(Full cast Crown) –
Likely the least aesthetically pleasing of the crown options. However, Gold Crowns do serve an important function. Patients that eat hard food, ice or candy or who grind or clench their teeth would benefit greatly from the Gold Crown.
Using Gold Crowns on Molars are good because it is less visible in the rear of the mouth and due to its’ durability will be great for grinding or clenching issues.
There are three options for Gold Crowns
Full Gold Crowns- Fully covers the tooth to the gum.
Gold Inlays- Gold castings to replace fillings.
Gold Onlays- Allows for conversation of the tooth structure when it is necessary to eliminate cusps and the walls of the tooth for restoration. Gold Onlays shrink a bit when hardening.
The tooth is cleaned, reshaped and tapered to ensure a proper fit on the targeted tooth. Using dental putty we make an impression that is sent to the lab for the crown to be manufactured. Patient will wear a temporary crown for the several weeks that the crown is being fabricated. The patient’s crown is then fitted to the tooth. Once the fitting is finalized and every fits like it is supposed to, the crown is fixed with dental cement. Try to avoid grinding your teeth and clenching. The fit will be made where it will feel completely natural and you will be able to function like everything was brand new.
If you have any questions or concerns about whether you might need a crown and if so what is the best crown option for you. We look forward to having that conversation and serving you back to great oral well-being.
Full Porcelain Crown
Porcelain Fused to Metal