Dental crowns are a form of restorative dentistry that covers a tooth in order to restore size, shape, and function. Crowns can also be used to restore the appearance of a tooth. At Drs of Smiles, we use porcelain and zirconia crowns when a tooth is broken and a filling cannot correct the issue.
What are Dental Crowns Used for?
Dental crowns can restore the aesthetic appearance of teeth which is an important aspect of a persons face. Having a nice and bright smile is so important, and these days, there are innovative ways to do so. A porcelain dental crown allows you to keep your natural tooth. It replaces the outside of your tooth, so you can use your tooth again. Reasons for using a dental crown:
- Covers large areas of decay
- Protects weak or brittle teeth
- Provides a prosthetic tooth as part of a dental implant restoration
- Placed after a root canal
- Covers teeth damaged by metal fillings and unable to hold a filling.
Types of Dental Crowns
At Drs of Smiles in Mesa, AZ we offer both porcelain crowns and zirconia crowns. Both zirconia and porcelain crowns look like real teeth and strengthen the underlying tooth. Porcelain crowns are often used for front tooth restoration while zirconia is often used on posterior teeth due to their strength. Sometimes our office may even put zirconia crowns under porcelain crowns to increase their strength.
A porcelain crown can cover the exterior of your tooth to create a beautiful and natural looking appearance. This type of crown will cover the entire tooth while preserving the inside tissue. If a traumatic incident to the mouth has occurred or even tooth decay, a porcelain dental crown is an excellent option. In addition, anyone who grinds their teeth would benefit from this procedure. Dr. LeSueur, Dr. Glenn LeSueur, and Dr. Dodaro use porcelain crowns to preserve teeth with large areas of decay and those that are too weak for fillings, inlays or onlays. A porcelain crown will look, feel, and act just like your natural tooth. The best part is, your porcelain crown is resistant to staining, so drink your coffee or tea without worry.
Zirconia dental crowns are a new type of tooth-colored crown which is made from zirconia. This is an artificial diamond type material, that is as strong as metal crowns yet gives the esthetics of a porcelain crown. You will have a beautiful and strong smile to show off. It is also known as a Brux-Zir crown. Dr. LeSueur, Dr. Glenn LeSueur, and Dr. Dodaro have now added this crown to the types of dental crowns they can provide. If you want to try something besides porcelain, this dental crown is another great option.
Dental Crown Procedure
Porcelain crown process takes place in two phases or appointments. During the first appointment, the patient will first be numbed around the specific tooth of interest. The tooth is then prepared by filing or reshaping to allow the crown to fit in securely and comfortably. After this is completed, an impression is made of the teeth and gums using a paste or putty. The impression is then sent to a laboratory to make a custom crown, which usually takes two to three weeks. During this waiting period, patients are given a temporary dental crown until the permanent crown is ready.
At the second appointment, the new crown is first evalutated for proper fit and tooth color. Once it has been determined that the new crown is ready, the temporary crown is then removed and the new one is cemented onto the tooth. Giving you a new and natural looking smile, and a confidence boost.
Porcelain crowns vs. Zirconia crowns
Besides acting as a fully functioning tooth, porcelain and zirconia crowns are designed to look like real teeth. Porcelain and zirconia are both strong and beautiful. They reflect light in the same way as tooth enamel, appearing like a real tooth. Meanwhile, gold is very visible, even in the back of your mouth. Porcelain, Zirconia and other tooth-colored materials fused to metal will be the same color as your tooth, but:
- They don’t reflect light in the same way, so they don’t look real and alive
- Over time they develop a dark line near the gum line
Benefits of Zirconia and Porcelain Crowns
Your crown will allow you to chew normally again without the pain. Our advanced technology allows us to create a crown that fits perfectly, and our dentists’ LVI training in neuromuscular dentistry means that your crown and your natural teeth will work together properly and comfortably. Dr. LeSueur, Dr. Glenn LeSueur, and Dr. Dodaro work with five specialized labs to create precision porcelain restorations.
Having a great smile says a lot about your health to others, and dental crowns greatly improves your physical appearance. A porcelain crown will look just like your natural tooth. Porcelain reflects light just like your tooth enamel, so the crown looks real and alive. This will make teeth that are stained look even better and healthier. Keeping your natural tooth help to prevent bone loss and gum shrinkage, preserving the beauty of your smile for years to come.
Health-Related Benefits of Dental Crowns
Your dental crown will significantly improve the function and health of your tooth. It will allow you to eat and chew normally as you did prior to the crowns. As well as make it easy to keep your dental hygiene routine. Here are the health-related benefits of using dental crowns:
- Allows you to chew normally without pain
- Allows you to save a tooth that might otherwise have to be extracted
- Maintains the root structure of your tooth
- Minimizes potential problems with nearby teeth, gums, and jawbone
- More durable than alternative restoration options such as dental fillings
- Easy to care for by brushing and flossing regularly
- Eliminates any pain or sensitivity in the damaged region of your tooth
Dental crowns also offer several aesthetic benefits. The porcelain material mimics the translucency of tooth enamel, giving it a similar luster to your natural tooth. Also, the color of your crown can be matched to the shade of your natural teeth. As a result, your dental crown will blend in seamlessly with your smile, making it impossible for others to notice the restoration.
Can Dental crowns fall out?
This was a common problem in the past, but our state-of-the-art technology and Dr. LeSueur’s and Dr. Dodaro’s LVI training allow us to craft a porcelain crown which is precisely fitted to your tooth. So the answer for that question is no. Each dental crown will be properly fitted and stay firmly in place.
Crowns after a Root canal
If the pulp of your tooth is decayed it must be removed, but a root canal will still allow you to keep your natural tooth. After a root canal, your tooth is weakened from the damage. Placing a porcelain crown over your tooth will protect it and provide strength to the damaged tooth. Improving the physical appearance of it as well.
Schedule a Consultation
For more information on dental crowns, contact Drs of Smiles today at (480) 834-6991! Dr. Scott LeSueur, Dr. Glenn LeSueur, and Dr. Charles Dodaro serve Mesa, Phoenix, Gilbert, Tempe, Scottsdale Arizona and surrounding areas.