A crown is a tooth-shaped cap placed over a tooth to restore its size and shape. In cases of severe tooth decay, a crown helps rebuild the tooth’s structure. Teeth that are broken, cracked, worn down, or have large fillings may also need crowns. In addition to improving the strength and functionality of a tooth, a crown can also be used to improve its appearance.
At Sunrise Dental of Federal Way, when a patient needs a crown, the first step is to prepare the tooth and make an impression of the affected tooth and surrounding area. The impression is used to fabricate the crown. The dentist in Federal Way, WA then chooses the right shade for the custom-made crown to ensure a seamless restoration. Once the permanent crown is ready, the dentist places it over the damaged tooth and shapes it to fit perfectly. Once bonded onto the tooth, the crown looks natural and restores the natural bite.
Types of Dental Crowns
Porcelain-fused-to-Metal (PFM) Crowns
These crowns have a metal substructure covered with a layer of tooth-colored porcelain. PFM crowns offer a combination of strength and aesthetics. The metal substructure provides durability, while the porcelain overlay matches the color of natural teeth.
All-Ceramic or All-Porcelain Crowns
These crowns are made entirely of ceramic materials, such as zirconia or lithium disilicate. They provide excellent aesthetics as they can closely mimic natural teeth in terms of color, translucency, and texture. All-ceramic crowns are a good choice for front teeth or visible areas of the mouth.
Metal crowns are typically made from gold alloy, palladium, or base metal alloys. They offer exceptional strength, durability, and longevity. Metal crowns are known for requiring less tooth structure removal, making them a conservative option.
Gold crowns are made from a gold alloy and have been used in dentistry for many years. They offer excellent longevity and biocompatibility. While gold crowns are strong, their metallic appearance makes them more suitable for molars or less visible teeth.
The Benefits of Dental Crowns
- Dental crowns restore the function of damaged teeth and provide strength and stability. They allow you to eat and chew comfortably without worrying about further damage or discomfort. Crowns can also help maintain proper alignment of the bite by preventing neighboring teeth from shifting.
- Dental crowns can greatly enhance the appearance of a tooth. They are custom-made to match the surrounding teeth in terms of color, shape, and size, resulting in a natural and seamless appearance. Crowns can cover discolored, misshapen, or aesthetically compromised teeth, providing an improved and more appealing smile.
- Dental issues can impact a person's self-esteem and confidence. By improving the appearance and functionality of damaged teeth, dental crowns can help boost self-confidence and self-image. A restored smile can make you feel more comfortable and at ease in social and professional settings.
Dental crowns can provide a long-lasting solution for damaged or aesthetically compromised teeth, restoring their function and appearance. If you need a dental crown or want to learn more about their benefits, visit Sunrise Dental of Federal Way at 33600 6th Ave S #102, Federal Way, WA 98003, or call (253) 838-3232.