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. If you think you might need a crown, contact Dr. Roger H. Koslen, at Roger H. Koslen D.D.S., P.A. or book an appointment online. Roger Koslen D.D.S. is conveniently located in Naples, Florida.
A crown is a piece of metal, plastic, ceramic, or porcelain that covers a damaged tooth. It's designed in the shape of the original tooth and can enhance the tooth's appearance and stability. The crown acts as a protective covering, as it's fitted over the original tooth so that the visible portion of the tooth is encased. It's sealed in place with dental cement.
There are a number of reasons Dr. Koslen might recommend a crown. A crown can cover a dental implant or a discolored or oddly-shaped tooth.
In addition to making a natural tooth look better, a crown can provide support to a tooth. Crowns can strengthen teeth that are at risk of breaking or that have weakened as a result of large fillings.
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 crowns can be constructed from many materials, including:
The material used for your crown will depend on your situation and the crown's purpose. For instance, stainless steel is usually the preferred material for temporary crowns. Prefabricated stainless steel crowns are a frequent choice for children who have decayed baby teeth and need crowns.
Metal crowns are durable and able to endure the impact of biting and chewing, but due to their color, they’re usually reserved for use in the back of the mouth.
Porcelain fused to metal crowns looks more like natural teeth than metal crowns but have some drawbacks. 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-ceramic crowns are the best choice for men and women with metal allergies.
A dental crown procedure generally requires at least two visits to the dentist. At the first appointment, you'll have X-rays taken so that Dr. Koslen can ascertain the condition of the tooth that’s getting a crown.
Next, Dr. Koslen will administer anesthesia to numb the tooth and surrounding tissues. The tooth is built up or filed down so that the crown will fit snugly. Once the tooth has been prepared, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth. The impression will be sent to the lab and used to custom-make the crown. Dr. Koslen will create a temporary crown to protect your tooth until the permanent crown can be placed.
If you think you may need a crown or would like to discuss your dental needs, contact Roger Koslen D.D.S. or schedule an appointment online.