Porcelain Dental Crowns
A dental crown can restore strength, function and beauty to a broken, cracked or damaged tooth. A dental crown, often called a “cap”, is placed over a tooth that has been damaged, broken or severely decayed. Fabricated in a dental lab to Dr Sudikoff’s precise specifications, or made on-site, dental crowns strengthen a tooth by preventing any further damage.
Cases in which a crown may be recommended are:
• when the tooth has begun to break and has visible fractures
• when the tooth is broken.
• there is not enough healthy tooth remaining to restore it with a dental filling
What are crowns made of?
While crowns can be made out of a variety of different materials such as stainless steel, metal alloys, or plastic resins, at iDental Dilworth, we prefer porcelain. Porcelain crowns can be color-matched to your natural teeth, and it’s the material that most effectively mimics the natural translucency of dental enamel.
Some older types of crowns used porcelain fused to metal. The result was a crown that was lifeless and had a “fake “ look to it. In some cases, these types of crowns left a dark metal edge visible around the side of the tooth. Luckily today we have fantastic new ceramics, such as CEREC, that eliminate the metal substructure underneath to give you a durable and natural looking restoration.
Wishing for a dental crown do-over?
If you find yourself wishing your could replace an old crown with a dark line at the top, we can help.
In fact, upgrading an old crown is an easy process. In a nutshell, we:
• remove the old crown by making some cuts in it
• freshen up the edges
• use our Cerec machine to make a new crown while you are in the office
If you have hated the way that old crown looks, maybe it’s time to upgrade and love the way you smile in pictures again! Call Dr. Sudikoff to schedule a consultation at (704) 413-3688