Everyone deserves to have a vibrant, beautiful smile. But even people who have perfectly aligned teeth and lovely smiles may struggle to feel confident because of decayed, chipped, or cracked teeth. A crown can protect a damaged tooth while providing you with an appropriate restoration that looks just like the surrounding teeth.
At Stonegate Family Dentistry, we help restore your smile with our customized porcelain and ceramic dental crowns. We make considerable efforts to ensure each crown is unique, fits your mouth, and perfectly matches your smile.
What are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is a dental cap that is fixed over a damaged tooth to reinstate its natural shape, and size. It also strengthens and improves the aesthetic appearance of the tooth. A crown surrounds the visible portion of the tooth above the gum line.
Our dentist will gently remove any fragmented pieces of the tooth and decay from the affected area during the dental crown procedure. After that, an accurate tooth mold will be taken and sent to a laboratory for its fabrication. Once the crown is ready, it is bonded onto the affected tooth. Our professionally designed tooth crowns are fabricated to be both solid and consistent, and will effectively protect the underlying tooth.
Common Types of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are created using materials such as ceramic and porcelain but can also be made from gold, resin, and metal alloys.
The most widely preferred material for dental crowns is porcelain. These crowns are tooth-colored, making the crown blend in perfectly with the surrounding natural teeth. However, porcelain crowns could chip or wear down over time, which may require them to be replaced.
Ceramic is another common material of choice for crowns. Ceramic dental crowns are tailor-made to match the shade, tone, and vitality of the surrounding teeth. They are often utilized to conceal the front teeth. However, ceramic crowns may not be as hard-wearing as other materials used for crowns.
Metal crowns are available in materials such as stainless steel, silver, and gold. They are the strongest among the various materials for crowns. However, while metal crowns can last for a considerable time without needing replacement or repair, these crowns are visibly distinguishable from the already existing teeth.
Resin crowns are the most economical among the various types of crowns. Dental crowns fashioned out of resin also provide a natural look to the tooth, as with ceramic and porcelain crowns. However, resin is considerably less durable than other materials used for crowns. They can easily chip or crack and may need frequent replacement.
Our Stonegate Family Dentistry team looks forward to meeting with you and developing a customized plan to meet your individual needs. Call Dentist in Murfreesboro, TN today at (615) 624-6919 or request an appointment online.