Time can be especially hard on your teeth, especially if you have had previous dental repairs. Fillings can restore the structure to a tooth, but if you've had multiple fillings, the strength of the entire tooth could be compromised. A tooth can develop weak spots, and can fracture along those filling lines—giving food particles and grime easy access to the inside of your tooth. Unfortunately the damage might not stop there. If the problem isn’t resolved, the inside of your tooth and your jawbone could get infected, causing even more significant problems. In addition to causing tremendous pain and making it hard to complete day to day activities, tooth abceses can actually get serious enough to affect your physical health.
Fortunately, if your teeth have been damaged beyond the point of return, Dr. Brewer might recommend having a crown cemented onto your tooth. Crowns, also called caps, are a tooth-shaped covering that can be attached to your tooth. Once crowns are placed, they will hold together your teeth and keep everything stable.
Types of Crowns
Although the ancient Etruscans are thought to have molded crowns out of finely pounded sheets of metal, the art fell out of favor by the middle ages. In the olden days, most people remedied severely damaged teeth by simply having them removed. Fortunately, you don’t have to remove your teeth to solve severe dental problems. Crowns today are better than ever before. Here are a few types of crowns that are available, along with information about how they can help your teeth:
· Stainless Steel: Although not popular in first world nations, stainless steel crowns are a durable, affordable option. These crowns are incredibly strong, but they do retain their silver color—which can look unsightly.
· Porcelain-Fused Metal: Porcelain-Fused metal crowns are made by creating a steel crown and then covering it with a white porcelain coating. Although these crowns look better than traditional stainless steel crowns, the porcelain can rub away near the gum line, exposing the metal section underneath.
· All Resin: If you are looking for a high-end, natural look, ask about all resin crowns. These crowns are made of durable composite resins, so that they look just like the rest of your teeth.
· Milled: Unlike stainless steel, porcelain fused metal, and all-resin crowns, milled crowns don’t require dental impressions. Instead, dental teams will take an in-depth scan of your teeth, and then construct your tooth digitally beforehand. Afterwards, your dentist will use a 3D milling machine to create a crown that will fit your teeth perfectly.
Keep in mind that crown prices can vary significantly from type to type. If you have questions about what you can afford, meet with Dr. Brewer to discuss your options.
What to Expect The Day You Get Your First Crown
Like any other dental repair, your mouth will be numbed prior to any work. After the tooth is ground down to make room for the crown, Dr. Brewer will place a temporary crown so that you can chew and talk normally for the time being. After the permanent crown has been designed, the temporary crown will be removed, and the permanent crown will be cemented in place.
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