Porcelain Crowns

If your tooth requires a dental crown, you may have some questions in regard to what it is, how much it costs, and how long it takes. Below are some frequently asked questions.

What is a dental crown?
What are the three types of dental crowns?
Reasons for Crowns?
What can I expect?

What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a restorative device which covers a tooth in order to strengthen a decayed tooth, repair a broken tooth or improve the cosmetic appearance of a tooth. A crown completely covers the visible area of a tooth, creating a brand new outer surface. A filling, by contrast, covers only a portion of a tooth.

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What are the three types of dental crowns?

  • Porcelain /Ceramic/Inlay Crowns
    All-porcelain or all-ceramic crowns provide the best natural color of all the crowns. They are not as durable as porcelain fused-to-metal crowns or gold crowns, but newer materials are getting very similar results. Porcelain crowns in the past would wear down opposing teeth more than metal or composite surfaces but not very much now. Because they are the most cosmetically pleasing, Dr. Roslund recommends all-ceramic crowns for teeth that require the best esthetics. All-ceramic crowns are also a desirable option for patients seeking to avoid metal restorations.
  • Inlay crowns are the least expensive type of crown. The drawback is that they are not as fracture resistant as porcelain fused-to-metal crowns or gold crowns but the newer materials are getting stronger and less likely to wear down opposing teeth as they have in the past. Because they are the most cosmetically pleasing, ceramic inlays are a great alternative for patients wishing to avoid metal restorations.

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Reasons for Crowns:

  • Broken or fractured teeth.
  • Cosmetic enhancement.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Fractured fillings.
  • Large fillings.
  • Tooth has a root canal.
  • What does getting a crown involve?

A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.

While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.

At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be fitted and the shade will be custom adjusted by Dr. Roslund, he has years of experience custom shading crowns. Your crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing an bite are accurate.

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What can I expect?

Porcelain /ceramic/inlay crowns are virtually indistinguishable from real teeth. They require regular brushing and flossing, just like real teeth. Also, anything that can chip a real tooth can potentially also chip a ceramic crown.

You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.

To schedule an appointment or consultation, please contact us today.