Dental Crowns in Shreveport, LA
Damaged or decayed teeth are not only an eyesore, they also compromise chewing and biting function. If you have one or more damaged or decayed teeth, consider rehabilitating them with dental crowns. A dental crown recreates the entire exterior of a tooth, with a natural and lifelike shape, color and texture. Not only do dental crowns restore a natural appearance, they also enhance the strength and stability of the teeth, protecting them from further damage.
When Are Dental Crowns Needed?
Crowns are commonly used to:
- Protect teeth weakened by decay
- Protect teeth that are badly cracked or broken
- Restore excessively worn teeth (such as the back molars)
- Protect teeth with large fillings
- Anchor dental bridges
- Cover dental implant posts
- Restore teeth that have had root canals
- Restore teeth that have an undesirable appearance
Types of Dental Crowns
Today’s dental crowns are made from several materials. The type of crown that is right for you depends on factors such as the location of the tooth that needs to be restored, and your personal aesthetic preferences.
Gold crowns are the ones that have been around the longest. They are strong and last a very long time. Gold crowns are a good choice to restore teeth in the back of the mouth (e.g., the molars).But because of their metallic color, they are very visible in the mouth.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns look more natural than gold crowns, so they are a good choice for the front or back teeth. If you are concerned about aesthetics, you might consider these crowns. However, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are more likely to chip or crack than gold crowns. Also, sometimes the metal underneath the porcelain can become noticeable.
Ceramic and Porcelain Crowns
All-ceramic or all-porcelain crowns are the closest aesthetic match to natural, healthy teeth. It is extremely difficult to tell the difference between all-ceramic or porcelain crowns and surrounding natural teeth. They are a good choice to restore front teeth that normally show when smiling. Ceramic or porcelain crowns are strong, but not as strong as other types of crowns.
Dental Crown Placement Process
Normally it takes at least two dental appointments to get a crown.
During the first visit, the tooth receiving the crown is prepared for the restoration. Decay is removed and if the tooth’s pulp (i.e., soft inner tissue containing nerves and blood vessels) is infected or injured, root canal therapy is performed.
The tooth receiving the crown is carefully reshaped to make room for the restoration. Impressions are taken and sent to the dental laboratory that will construct the customized crown. The impressions help to ensure the crown fits properly and does not adversely affect your bite. A temporary crown is placed to protect the tooth while the permanent crown is being fabricated.
When the permanent crown is ready, the second appointment is scheduled. The provisional crown is removed and the permanent crown placed. If it fits properly and does not affect the bite, the crown is permanently bonded into place.
With good oral hygiene habits and regular dental check-ups, crowns can last for many years.
Contact Us About Dental Crowns
If you would like more information about dental crowns, we invite you to call or email our Shreveport, LA dental practice today.