Dental Crowns & Caps San Antonio, TX
As far as a dental restoration goes, crowns and caps are used synonymously.
Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth.
Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth's function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth.
Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns also serve an aesthetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.
A tooth is usually reduced in size to accommodate a crown. An impression is taken and a cast is made of the existing teeth. The impression is sent to a special lab, which manufactures a custom-designed crown. In some cases, a temporary crown is applied until the permanent crown is ready. Permanent crowns are cemented in place.
Crowns are sometimes confused with veneers, but they are quite different. Veneers are typically applied only to relatively small areas.
Caring For Your Crowns
With proper care, a good quality crown could last many years. It is very important to floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess plaque or collection of debris around the restoration.
Types of Materials Used for Crowns
Dental crowns are great for protecting and strengthening your teeth, but did you know there are 4 different types of materials to choose from?
Ceramic crowns are highly resistant to wear and tear, and are usually recommended for restoring the aesthetic look of the front teeth due to their close color resemblance to the real thing.
Porcelain is often fused with metal to increase the strength of the crown, while maintaining a natural exterior look.
Gold and other precious metals (including copper, silver and platinum) are frequently used as dental crowns because of their strength, resistance to wear, and little impact on surrounding teeth.
Base metals also provide great strength to dental crowns and are incredibly resistant to corrosion and deterioration.
While dental crowns are a great option in many cases, everyones teeth are different, and they are not required in every situation. When you visit Cheryl E. Davis, D.M.D, we do in-depth examinations to determine what your needs are, then make honest and forthright recommendations with your best interests in mind. If you have not visited us before, get in touch via our contact page and we will be happy to set up a time to chat with you!