At Newton Wellesley Dental Partners in Newton, MA, we often count on dental crowns for both restorative and cosmetic purposes for our patients.
Dental crowns, often called caps, are used to encase a damaged or badly discolored tooth. The protective barrier that a dental crown creates prevents further complications from developing. A dental crown can be affixed to a natural tooth or even an implant.
From start to finish, the procedure is quite simple, though it will require at least two trips to our office. The first visit involves tooth preparation and the placement of a temporary crown. On your second visit, the temporary crown will be removed to make way for the permanent crown that was specially constructed from an impression taken on the first appointment.
Your temporary crown will likely be made of an acrylic-based material or stainless steel. These materials are strong enough to carry you through the one- to two- week waiting period. Your permanent crown will be constructed from materials based on your personal needs and preferences.
Metals and metal alloys are a common dental crown material, as they’re both durable and long-lasting. However, these types of crowns will not match the natural color of your teeth and are often used in the back of the mouth.
For both the front and back teeth, a porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crown may be used. The porcelain outer layer of the crown can be stained to match the adjacent teeth, while the underlying metal provides extra strength.
For patients with allergies to metal, or with specific cosmetic preferences, an all-ceramic or all-porcelain crown will be utilized. These offer the most outstanding and impressive levels of color matching.
Whichever material you and your dentist agree upon, you will need to adhere to proper post-procedure care. Primarily, don’t over-exert your crown by chomping on tough or chewy foods. If you’re a grinder or a clencher, you may need to start wearing a mouthguard while you sleep to protect the integrity of the dental crown.
Furthermore, consistently brushing and flossing your teeth on a twice-daily basis will help prevent future issues for both the permanent dental crown and the rest of your teeth.