A dental crown is a sturdy, natural-looking prosthetic that covers the visible portion of a tooth to restore its function and appearance. It is placed and secured to a tooth with dental cement or bonded to the tooth with an adhesive. At Hartman Dentistry, crowns are recommended for teeth damaged due to decay or infection or after a root canal treatment. They can also be used for cosmetic purposes to cover misshapen or discolored teeth.
The tooth will be prepared during the procedure by removing decay and shaping the surface to accommodate the crown. An impression of the tooth will be made and sent to our dental lab to create the crown. Once the crown is ready, the patient will return to the office to have the crown placed and secured over the tooth.
Types of Dental Crowns
Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns are the most affordable. Most patients find that our porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are the best option for their smiles because they are both solid and beautiful. A thin metal shell is fused to a piece of porcelain to create a tooth-like appearance.
All-ceramic dental crowns are made from ceramic and glass materials to provide the most natural-looking aesthetic for your smile. The materials they are made from also provide strength and durability. All-ceramic crowns typically cost more than other types of crowns. However, their durability makes them a worthwhile investment.
Gold alloy crowns are a durable option for molars and other top-of-the-tooth restoration needs. They are an ideal choice when restoring weight-bearing molars or premolars. These crowns are known for their durability and offer very good value.
The Benefits of Dental Crowns
A dental crown can help strengthen the tooth and improve its appearance simultaneously. Plus, it can last for several decades with proper care and maintenance.
A dental crown may be the right option if you have a tooth with a cavity that is too large for a filling or an inlay or onlay. It will cover the tooth's visible part and protect it from future damage. In addition, it can restore the appearance and health of your smile. It can also prevent further decay on the tooth thanks to the seal it provides around the entire surface of the tooth.
Depending on the patient's preferences and needs, a dental crown can be made from ceramic, metal, or both.
To discuss whether a dental crown is a good restoration for you, visit Hartman Dentistry at 3091 East 98th Street, Suite 220, Indianapolis, IN 46280, or call (317) 581-0215 to schedule a consultation today!