Many men and women have dental crowns. In fact, the number of Americans with dental crowns is on the rise. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 15 million people in the United States have crowns put in place of missing teeth. Jeremy Haider, DMD, at Haider Family Dentistry is an experienced professional, so if you think you may need a crown, book an appointment online or call today. Haider Family Dentistry is conveniently located near you in Salem, Oregon.
A crown is a cover for a damaged tooth. It is sculpted to the shape of the original tooth and can improve its appearance and strength. The crown is placed on top of the original tooth, completely covering the area of the tooth that can be seen above the gum line. It's sealed in place with a special cement.
There are a variety of reasons why Dr. Haider at Haider Family Dentistry may suggest a crown. A crown can cover a dark or misshapen tooth or a dental implant.
In addition to making a natural tooth look better, a crown can provide support to a tooth. Teeth with large fillings and little natural tooth remaining are especially susceptible to breaking, but a crown can prevent this from happening.
Whether you need a crown to improve the look of your smile or the functionality of a tooth, a dental crown can safeguard teeth.
Dental crown construction has advanced over the years. Crowns can be fashioned out of many materials, including:
Different materials are used for different purposes. For example, stainless steel is often used to make temporary crowns. Stainless steel crowns are incredibly durable. Prefabricated stainless steel crowns are commonly used for children who need crowns on baby teeth.
Metal crowns are durable and able to tolerate the force of chewing and eating, but due to their striking color, they're commonly reserved for rear molars.
Porcelain fused to metal crowns have a more natural appearance than metal crowns, but they do come with some downsides. For instance, the metal portion of the crown might be visible as a dark line close to the gums, and the opposing teeth might endure more wear than with other types of crowns.
All-resin crowns are generally a less expensive option, but are also more prone to cracking, whereas all-ceramic crowns are the best option for people who have metal allergies.
Most of the time, a minimum of two visits are necessary for a dental crown procedure. During the first appointment, your Haider Family Dentistry professional will take X-rays to evaluate the condition of the tooth in question.
Next, Dr. Haider will administer anesthesia, then file down or build up the tooth so that the crown can be attached properly. Once the tooth has been prepared, Dr. Haider will make an impression of your teeth, which will be sent to the dental lab and used to construct a custom crown. Dr. Haider will fabricate a temporary crown to safeguard your tooth until the permanent crown is completed and in place.
Getting a dental crown can be a simple, easy process. To discuss your crown options, contact the experienced team at Haider Family Dentistry or make an appointment online.