For teeth that are broken, fractured or at risk of breaking, your dentist will recommend a protective crown to restore and protect the tooth. At Aesthetic Dento-Facial Associates, we work with labs that use state-of-the-art technology to create crowns that look and feel like real teeth.
The goal with a dental crown is to protect and preserve as much of the original tooth as possible. If a significant amount of tooth is still intact, your dentist may recommend an onlay, or a partial crown that covers only the parts of the tooth that need additional protection.
Dental crowns today are made of a variety of materials. One of the more common types of crowns is porcelain fused to metal, which resembles a real tooth both in appearance and strength. Depending on the tooth (and the patient), other options for crowns can include porcelain, ceramic, gold or non-precious metals. The dentist will look carefully at your tooth (both physically and with 3-D imaging) and talk with you about recommendations and options for the type of crown you need.
A dental crown begins with preparing the tooth—filing the existing tooth down to make room for the crown and to provide a surface for the crown to adhere to. If the fracture or break extends below the gum line, a root canal may also be recommended to protect against infection. After the tooth is prepared, the dentist will make a mold of your tooth to send to the lab, and put a temporary crown in place while your permanent crown is created at the lab. When the permanent crown is ready, you’ll return to the office to have the crown installed. In most cases, the finished crown looks and feels like your natural tooth, and will last 10 years or longer with proper care.
Dr. Muecke, Dr. Sims and Dr. Leever are committed to helping you make informed decisions about your own oral health, as well as providing the very best in state-of-the-art treatment. For a consultation about a dental crown or other dental health needs, please schedule an appointment with Aesthetic Dento-Facial Associates at 770-828-0000, or fill out our online consultation request form.