When a tooth experiences extensive tooth decay or damage, a dental crown can significantly improve the appearance of the tooth and protect it from further harm. At Hospital Dental Group (HDG) Dr. Anatoliy Ravin routinely restores teeth with natural, durable, and attractive porcelain crowns. Not only are these modern-day crowns attractive and long-lasting, they also help our patients to gain confidence in a new, improved, beautiful smile.
What Circumstances Warrant the Placement of Dental Crowns?
Even individuals with the most dedicated oral hygiene routines can be subjected to extensive tooth decay. The following examples are some of the genetic conditions that result in tooth decay or loss of teeth:
One of the most common genetic conditions that affects dental wellness is referred to as dental agenesis. This is a congenital issue that occurs when one or more of the teeth are missing (usually one to six).
It’s not uncommon for certain medications to produce unwanted side effects that damage the teeth. Certain types of antihistamines, decongestants, painkillers, drugs to treat incontinence, high blood pressure prescriptions, muscle relaxants, antidepressants and medications used to treat Parkinson’s Disease have been known to lead to tooth decay.
Not surprisingly, a traumatic accident or injury can lead to breakage, cracking, and chipping of a tooth or teeth. This can a result of anything from a sports-related injury to a trip or fall, or vehicular collision, and other similar circumstances can lead to tooth decay. In other scenarios, accidents or trauma to the tooth or teeth can cause breakage, cracking, or chipping.
To help improve the look of the tooth or teeth and protect from further dental issues, crowns are placed to cover the damaged area.
Crowns are recommended when:
- A cavity is too large and/or extensive for a filling
- The placement of a bridge needs added support
- A dental implant needs to be covered
- One or more tooth/teeth is cracked
- A tooth has become weakened or compromised
- Protection is needed for a restored tooth following a root canal
- A badly shaped or discolored tooth needs to be covered
Part of why dentists suggest crowns to restore damaged teeth is because of their durability and longevity. While crowns can be made from metal alloys, ceramics, and composite resin, Dr. Ravin utilizes porcelain crowns. Not only are porcelain crowns strong and long-lasting, they offer a natural-looking solution that mimics the appearance and function of your real teeth.
Crown Placement (It’s Easier Than You Might Think!)
One of the common concerns among dental-treatment recipients is having to endure a long process to correct a dental issue. The placement of crowns isn’t as involved as you might think! In fact, it’s a fairly simple process that involves a few steps, to include:
- The removal of the outer portion of the tooth, including clean-up of any present decay
- An Impression of the tooth to construct the crown
- The placement of a temporary crown until the permanent crown is complete (it can take a week or two)
- Placement of your customized, permanent crown once it’s finished being made
Dr. Ravin will walk you through every step of the crown-placement process and our HDG team will help you schedule necessary appointments to accommodate your schedule as best as we can.
Advantages of Porcelain Crowns
By now you have a better understanding of dental crowns, why they may be needed to protect your tooth/teeth, and the crown placement process. What you may be wondering, is what a porcelain crown is and how it differs from other types of crowns. Historically, most crowns consisted of gold alloys and metal alloys. Porcelain crowns, although durable like metal-based crowns, offer a more natural look to match the appearance of real teeth. Porcelain crowns are still fused to metal ensuring a stronger bond than if the entire structure was constructed out of porcelain Now, let’s revisit why porcelain crowns are a beneficial restoration option:
- They can cover dental implants in a natural-looking, attractive way
- Patients love their new, improved smile
- Discoloration doesn’t occur as much as with real teeth
- They are durable and long-lasting, not requiring a replacement until anywhere from five to 15 years
- They offer the tooth protection from further decay and damage
In addition to the benefits listed above, patients appreciate that the placement of crowns doesn’t disrupt the normal feel or function of the teeth. You can resume typical activities such as eating, drinking and speaking soon after your crown is placed. Dr. Ravin may suggest that you avoid certain things like sticky gummies or hard candy while a temporary crown is on the tooth.
Do you Need a Porcelain Crown?
If you have a cracked, damaged, discolored, or other imperfection of the tooth, Dr. Ravin may suggest the placement of a porcelain crown. To know for sure, it’s always best to schedule a consultation. During your visit, Dr. Ravin will go over your past medical history, any current medical conditions, and discuss your desired dental cosmetic outcome.
If you have more questions about crowns or would like to schedule an appointment contact us now at 860-524-5194.