Dental Crown

Dental Crowns at Jeremy J Burke, DDS, PAYour teeth are hard. In fact, they are the hardest substance in the human body. They are even harder than your bones. Brushing and flossing every day helps to ensure that they remain strong and healthy. However, despite your best efforts, accidents still may happen. A tooth may be attacked by plaque and bacteria, leading to decay and cavities, or you may be faced with oral trauma, such as an unforeseeable auto accident or sports-related injury. No matter how a tooth gets damaged, its health, and position in your jaw, even the appearance of your smile, may be compromised. At Jeremy J Burke, DDS, PA we can restore the tooth, and protect the health of your mouth with crowns.

What Is a Dental Crown?

A crown is essentially like a small cap that fits over the visible structure of a damaged tooth, covering the tooth completely. It is designed to perform a variety of different tasks, protecting a damaged or otherwise compromised tooth. It prevents further damage, protects against bacterial infection, and even prevents the need for an extraction. Crowns can be made from several different materials, some of which even restore the appearance of your smile.

Types of Dental Crowns

There are many different materials that are used to make crowns. Each material has its own unique advantages and disadvantages.
•  Metal. Metal crowns have been around the longest, and provide unmatched strength. They are practically indestructible, making them ideal for teeth toward the back of the mouth. These crowns have been known to last 50 years or more. However, metal crowns are silver or gold in color and stand out in your smile.
•  Porcelain fused to metal. PFM crowns are a combination of metal and porcelain. A metal base surrounds the tooth, providing the superior strength of metal around the tooth, with a porcelain coating. The coating helps to provide the crown with a more natural appearance. The biggest drawback of PFM crowns is that a thin metal line can often show through at the base of the crown.
•  Ceramic. Ceramic crowns are the most aesthetic crowns available. They are made entirely from ceramic, a material that mimics many of the properties of your natural enamel. While not as strong as metal, they are able to stand up to normal everyday use.

Why Get a Crown

Crowns provide numerous benefits, including:
•  Holding a damaged tooth together, preventing further damage.
•  Protecting against bacterial invasion and serious infections.
•  Preventing the need for a tooth extraction.
•  Ceramic in particular provides a beautiful, seamless restoration of your smile, which can also restore your confidence.
•  Protecting a tooth following a root canal.
•  Anchoring dental bridges in place.
•  Covering implant screws.

Dental Crown Placement Procedure

Getting your crown will take two visits. During your first visit, we thoroughly examine your mouth to assess the condition of the damage and determine if other treatments, such as a root canal, are needed prior to placement of the crown. Before beginning the procedure, we use a local anesthetic, which will help to prevent you from feeling any discomfort. We then remove a portion of the enamel from the affected tooth. This is done to ensure a proper, comfortable fit in your mouth. Once the tooth is prepared, we then take an impression, which is sent off to a lab and used to design and create your custom restoration.

It often takes up to two weeks for the final restoration to be completed and sent back. During this time, we will place a temporary crown, which will help to protect your tooth while you wait. When the crown is ready, we remove the temporary crown, check your permanent crown for fit and then cement it into place.

Crowns can restore your oral health and, often, the appearance of your smile, all while preventing the need for a tooth extraction. For more information, call Jeremy J. Burke DDS PA at (432) 653-2320 and schedule your consultation today.
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