About Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are artificial teeth that are carefully shaped and colored to match your natural teeth. Crowns, also known as ‘caps,’ restore functionality to severely damaged teeth. Each dental crown is made of a durable material that offers chewing support and protection from further tooth decay when placed over the existing damaged tooth.
While crowns can be created from a variety of materials, Central Dental is proud to offer BruxZir® solid zirconia crowns and bridges which are some of the strongest and most natural looking restorations available today. BruxZir® offers an educational video demonstrating the differences between materials chosen for your restoration. There are many advantages of using the BruxZir Solid Zirconia including reduced removal of natural teeth, superior cosmetic appearance (no metal), and the chip-proof durability for bruxers, or those who grind their teeth, who have broken natural teeth or previous restorations.
A crown may be recommended for the following reasons:
- to restore a tooth that has been badly damaged by decay or so heavily restored by fillings that it can only be saved with cast restoration
- to provide support for a tooth that has been treated endodontically; therefore, it has lost a great deal of tooth structure from fracture, decay, or the drilling process and is prone to fracture under normal or light chewing forces
- to be used as an abutment, or support, for a bridge that is intended to replace a missing tooth
- to complete an implant restoration
- to conceal teeth that are discolored or poorly shaped
What to Expect
During your visit at Central Dental, your doctor will remove any damaged or decaying enamel to make room for the crown before making a mold of the affected area. This mold ensures that your crown will perfectly fit the exact specifications of your mouth. Careful consideration will be given to matching the crown to the shade of your natural tooth enamel resulting in a crown that will be indistinguishable from the surrounding teeth. Once prepared, the crown is then slipped over the remaining structure of the remaining tooth structure and bonded into place. If the tooth was in good alignment before the crown was prepared, the crown will be in good alignment. If the tooth was misaligned before the crown, sometimes the crown may be made to obtain a more ideal shape and position. Your doctor will ensure that your dental crown fits aesthetically and comfortably in order to effectively restore the health, function, and beauty of your smile. Your new restoration will function just as your natural teeth and should last you for years to come with proper home care and regular recare visits.
Implant supported crowns are an excellent alternative to a dental bridge. Replacing a missing tooth not only improves the appearance of your smile, but it also restores the function of that tooth. If you have a tooth that needs to be extracted or have previously lost a tooth, Our doctors may suggest replacing it with a dental implant crown. Because implant crowns have a predictable long-term prognosis and do not require alteration of the neighboring teeth, they are considered the standard of care in treating missing teeth. Dental implant crowns look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. Your doctor will discuss all of your options for an implant crown and will make a recommendation based on your specific needs. Implants and implant supported crowns offer a number of cosmetic and practical benefits, including:
- A natural-looking appearance: Implant-supported crowns rest against your gums, making them virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. In addition, our advanced dental lab provides customized restorations made from the latest materials that reflect light like natural dental enamel.
- Enhanced function: Implants themselves are incredibly strong. They prevent restorations from slipping out of place, meaning you can enjoy many foods you may not have been able to with traditional crowns.
- Hygienic convenience: You will care for your implant-supported crowns just as you would your natural teeth.
- Protection for your jaw bone: Your permanent dental implants stimulate your jaw bone. This prevents it from naturally degenerating and resorbing into your body.
Before you receive an implant-supported crown, you will first need to undergo implant surgery. Diagnostic scans and X-rays will be taken to determine how your implant can be best placed to support your crown. You may receive nitrous oxide in addition to local anesthesia during surgery to ease your nerves and make for a more comfortable experience.
After your implant has been placed, you will be given a temporary restoration to wear while your implant heals. Over the course of a few months, the process of osseointegration will occur within your jaw. During this process, your jaw bone will fuse with your implant, stabilizing it in place permanently.
Once your implant and gums are healed, your doctor will attach a zirconia abutment piece to the exposed head of your implant post. Zirconia is indistinguishable within your prosthetic tooth, unlike metal abutments. Your Bruxzir® crowns will then be placed directly upon your zirconia abutments.
Call us today if you are interested in replacing missing teeth with dental implants. One of our friendly team members will happily schedule your consultation.