A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance. It is cemented over the damaged tooth to protect it from further damage. At Noelck and Associates, the crown is customized to match the color of your natural teeth for a seamless look. Dental crowns can be made of different materials, such as porcelain-fused-to-metal, metal, ceramic, resin, or zirconia. Your dentist will help you decide which material is best for you based on the tooth's location being crowned, its function, and your preference.
Metal-based crowns in Litchfield Park, AZ, are the strongest and most durable of the crown types available. They are made of gold alloy or other metals such as nickel or chromium. These crowns can withstand chewing forces and last the longest of all the available crown types. However, the metal base is visible when you smile, so many people prefer having other crowns placed instead.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are made of both porcelain and metal. The crown's porcelain part covers the tooth above the gum line, while the metal part fits securely around the tooth. This type of crown is solid and durable but may be visible when you smile because of its dark metal base.
All ceramic crowns are made from pure porcelain and are a popular choice for front teeth because they are the most natural-looking option. They can be made to match your other teeth and are a good choice for people with allergies to metals. However, they are less robust than full-cast metal crowns and may chip more easily.
Zirconia crowns are made of a strong, durable ceramic material that is also biocompatible. They are a good option for people with allergies to metals. However, they are more expensive than other types of crowns.
Before placing the crown, our dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb your tooth and the surrounding area. Then, the dentist in Litchfield Park, AZ, will remove decay and shape the tooth so the crown will fit correctly. If not enough of the natural tooth remains, the dentist may build up the core of the tooth with filling material before placing the crown.
Next, our dentist will take an impression of your teeth to send to the lab where your custom crown will be made. This impression will be used to create a mold for the crown. In the meantime, a temporary crown will be placed over the tooth until the permanent one is ready. When the permanent crown is ready, you’ll return to our office to have it placed.
Dental crowns strengthen and protect the tooth and improve its appearance, making them a versatile solution for a range of dental issues. If you have a damaged or compromised tooth, visit Noelck and Associates at 551 E. Plaza Circle STE. C, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340, or call (623) 935-1155 to see if a dental crown is the right treatment for you.