Metal Free Crowns
A crown, also known as a cap, is used to strengthen a tooth or improve its shape. Crowns may be placed for several reasons:
- If a tooth is broken or severely damaged by decay, a filling alone may not be able to replace enough tooth structure to preserve the integrity of the tooth. Thus, a crown would be placed to protect and strengthen the remaining tooth structure.
- A crown also may hold together a tooth with cracks to prevent it from fracturing.
- Crowns can be used to improve the appearance of a tooth as well. If a tooth is misshaped or discolored, a crown can be place to improve the aesthetics of a tooth.
There are three different types of crowns that we use here in our office: Full Gold Crowns, Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns, All Ceramic Crowns. Full gold and porcelain fused to metal crowns are mostly used on posterior teeth. The all ceramic crowns are typically used on front teeth and can be matched to the same color of your natural teeth.
The Crown Process:
Dr. Roberts will remove any decay that is present. If the tooth has a large amount of tooth structure missing, it may need a foundation, or build-up to support it. Then, your tooth will be filed down to make room for your new crown. Your tooth will then be prepared to take an impression to send to the lab so they can fabricate your new crown. Once the impression has been taken, an assistant will make and place a temporary crown. About three weeks later you will return to the office to have your permanent crown placed. Generally this appointment does not require anesthetic.
If you notice any discomfort or sensitivity after your new crown is placed, please give our office a call. This usually indicates that the crown needs to be adjusted. This appointment is quick and easy, and doesn't require anesthetic.
Try to avoid anything chewy or sticky, or biting on hard candies as this could cause the crown to come off or break. If the crown does come off, please give our office a call immediately so we can take a look and see if it can be recemented. If you are unable to come into the office for a few days, you can clean out the crown with a cotton swab, and place it back on your tooth temporarily using a denture adhesive.