Sometimes, a tooth is too weak to support a filling, inlay, or onlay. For severely damaged teeth, Carrollton dentist Dr. Ron Proctor recommends porcelain crowns to bring back your smile’s health and function. Crowns or caps are tooth-colored coverings that encase the part of the tooth visible above the gums.
Crowns are very versatile. They can be used to restore a broken tooth, strengthen a weak structure, cover dental implants, restore gaps left by missing teeth, protect a tooth after root canal therapy, replace old, large fillings, and hide severe discoloration. They can also be used to lengthen severely worn teeth to their original length.
What are Crowns Made Of ?
Common crown materials include gold and precious metal mixes, Zirconia, all-porcelain, and porcelain-fused-to-metal. Each material has different merits, and is appropriate in specific cases.
Dr. Proctor frequently recommends all-porcelain crowns and/or Zirconia for best function, strength and aesthetics. Gold could be used on some back teeth to withstand heavy biting pressures or in cases where the space between the teeth is very limited. Porcelain-fused-to-metal might be better for restoring some implants or teeth showing a lot of root. Dr. Proctor also uses a precise color-matching system to find the perfect shade of white that looks healthy and lifelike. This makes porcelain crowns blend beautifully with your natural teeth.
We prepare a tooth for a crown, do a digital image of the prepared tooth, design and place the crown in just a couple of short visits. The key to crown longevity is a snug fit that prevents bacteria and decay from re-entering the tooth. We spend a lot of time making sure that each crown is flawless and fits perfectly around the tooth.