Dental crowns (or caps) are tooth-shaped restorations that completely cover the visible surfaces of teeth. They are used to repair broken, fractured, damaged, or severely decayed teeth. They can also help anchor a dental bridge or dental implant to replace one or more missing teeth. Dental crowns can be made of a variety of materials, including porcelain, ceramic, gold alloy, or a mix of these materials. While gold and metal or stainless steel crowns were once common, modern dentistry typically recommends porcelain crowns due to their natural appearance, durability, and ability to improve the appearance of stained or discolored teeth.
Dental crowns are designed as tooth-shaped “caps” that fit over a tooth that has suffered damage or decay. A dental crown extends above the gum line, making it the ideal restoration for teeth that have experienced root canal therapy, teeth with very large fillings, or fractured teeth. Although crowns are mainly used for restorative purposes, they are also used for cosmetic dental purposes.
Who Can Benefit From Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are ideal for patients who have teeth that are damaged due to external trauma, severe wear, or root canal infection. Dental crowns are custom designed to fit your teeth. They are designed to fit comfortably and match your smile. Dental crowns also can be used to replace old metal fillings.
How Is A Dental Crown Made?
Dental crowns are fabricated in a dental lab. They are custom designed for your tooth, made from high-quality dental porcelain, and then bonded to your tooth. Your dental crown will be indistinguishable from other natural teeth.
Dental crowns are extremely durable and can last for many years. They do not require any special cleaning or care aside from normal brushing and flossing.
When you visit our dental practice, our dentist will conduct a detailed diagnosis of your oral condition to understand its severity. Further, we will take digital x-rays and oral scans to get a better view of the teeth and surrounding tissues. This data will be sent to a dental laboratory for fabricating the dental crown. Meanwhile, we will place a temporary crown on the teeth to protect their prepared surfaces.
Once the permanent crowns are fabricated, we will remove the temporary restorations and replace them with permanent ones. A bite test will be taken to ensure your natural bite is retained and the new crown fits perfectly.
To find out more about the dental services offered at Grace Dental, call (405) 840-3424 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 5619 N Pennsylvania Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73112.