If the treatment of your choice is a porcelain crown many treatment methods are available:
CEREC® CAD/CAM: In just one office visit, you will have a fully completed porcelain crown. Since your crown is designed and created in our private VIP clinic using CEREC®CAD/CAM technology, there’s no need for a temporary crown or a second visit.
When the highest level of natural translucency of your crown’s porcelain surface is important, this procedure is used. During your first clinic visit, CEREC®CAD/CAM technology is used to design your crown. Then you will be fitted with a temporary crown to protect your gum and tooth or dental implant. During a second clinic visit, our dental professionals will fit and permanently bond your crown.
The Benefits Of Metal Crowns
Crowns in Dallas, TXYou might think that a weak or damaged tooth is no big deal. The truth is, that even one single damaged tooth can be quite harmful. The tooth could break or shatter, exposing the interior and allowing bacteria in and causing an infection. A broken tooth could affect your ability to eat and speak properly. If there is too much damage and the tooth requires an extraction, it will significantly impact your eating and speech and can impact the strength of your jawbone. At Dallas Prosthodontics, we want to do everything we can to help preserve your natural tooth. One of the best options to do this is with a metal crown.
What Is A Crown?
A dental crown is a cap that encompasses the entire visible portion of your tooth. Its main job is to provide strength to a vulnerable tooth, preserving its function and allowing it to stay in its socket. Crowns can be used in several different situations:
• You have a weak or damaged tooth
• You have a filling that is too large and could potentially destroy a tooth
• You have a tooth that has undergone a root canal
• One or more of your teeth are misshapen or discolored
• Placing a fixed bridge
• Covering a screw for a dental implant
You’ve probably heard a lot about how metal crowns are not the best option because they are highly visible due to their color and can take away from your appearance. However, despite their silver (or gold) color, metal crowns offer you several benefits. First, much like ceramic crowns, they (specifically gold crowns) have excellent biocompatibility. This means that they have a similar wear to enamel and won’t cause excessive wear on your adjacent natural teeth.
Secondly, metal crowns are easy to fit. This is because the alloy is especially easy to work with, as well as predictable. This means that if the crown needs to be worked on, the alloy is malleable enough to allow for an adjustment.
Finally, the biggest benefit of metal crowns is their strength. Because they are made from 100% metal, nothing is stronger. Metal crowns, unlike ceramic or even porcelain fused to metal (PFM), will not chip, crack or break, even under hard biting forces. This makes metal crowns perfect for the molars in the very back of your mouth, especially since in the back they will be much less noticeable. Their strength means that metal crowns have the longest lifespan. It also means that the crown does not need to be very thick. Metal crowns are approximately as thick as a penny, meaning that less of your tooth needs to be trimmed.