St. Louis Sedation Dentist Discusses Dental Crowns

A dental crown strengthens the tooth and enhances its performance. Nowadays, a wide variety of dental crowns are available. They cover the visible parts of the tooth and perform many different functions. In this post, our St. Louis sedation dentist will share some facts about dental crowns.

A Dental Crown

A dental crown is a tiny structure which is placed on top of a damaged tooth. It is used to restore the lost tooth structure. It helps to get back the full form of the tooth and enables it to perform its functions. It is also known as a 'cap'.
A crown gives strength to the tooth. It is used when there are cracks and large broken-down fillings or when root canal has been performed.

Types Of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are made from different materials. They have different forms and functions.
  • The most common type of crown is the PFM or porcelain fused to high-noble metal.
  • A gold crown is a full cast high noble metal crown.
  • A stainless steel crown is a temporary crown.
  • A full porcelain crown looks very natural and is used for a front tooth. It is of two types. The full porcelain crown made in the dental lab looks like natural enamel.

Choosing The Right Type Of Dental Crown

In order to choose the most suitable crown, it is necessary to know the purpose of the crown and the area in which it has to be placed.
For example, if a person has a gold crown on the lower right side of the mouth and needs a new crown which is directly above it on the upper right side, it is best to get another gold crown. This will enable the crowns to last long.
While a gold crown may not be a good choice for a front tooth. A PFM is strong and may be suitable but it's not ideal because a dark line appears at the gum line. The crown which would likely look most natural is the full porcelain crown.

The Procedure

Usually, two dental appointments are needed for the placement of a crown. The impressions are taken, the shaping is done and a temporary arrangement is made. The impressions are sent to the lab where a crown is made.
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