Greenwood area patients ask, “What is a dental crown?”
Dental crowns are a vital procedure in both general and cosmetic dentistry. They serve several roles, used for protection, restoration, and cosmetic enhancement. Many patients ask Dr. Griffin of Greenwood, “What is a dental crown?”
This is a type of restoration that is bonded over the top of a tooth, or placed on top of a dental implant abutment to act as a replacement tooth. Crowns are also part of a crown and bridge unit used to replace one or more missing teeth.
Crowns are made from a variety of materials. For cosmetic treatments, they are usually crafted of porcelain or porcelain over metal. Crowns near the rear of the mouth can be made of gold. Gold crowns show up a bit more than porcelain, but they are quite strong and durable – ideal for back teeth subjected to a great deal of bite force.
If a tooth has recently undergone root canal therapy or has an extremely large filling, it may benefit from the strength and protection of a dental crown. Dr. Griffin first examines and prepares the tooth. He removes any areas of damage a small amount of enamel to allow the crown to fit securely. Impressions are taken, and these are sent to an outside laboratory for the fabrication of the dental crown.
Meantime, until the custom crown is created (which typically takes a few weeks), a temporary crown is placed to protect the tooth. The patient returns to the practice when the permanent crown arrives back from the lab. Dr. Griffin gently removes the temporary and bonds the new one onto the tooth. If the crown was made to restore (finish) a dental implant, it is secured to the implant abutment. The patient leaves the dental office with instructions on caring for the new dental crown, and a restored smile.
Because crowns are quite versatile, they are commonplace in dentistry. Dental crowns have many benefits, too. They are beautiful, natural-looking, affordable, and useful in maintaining healthy smiles.
Dr. Griffin offers crowns and a wide range of other restoration options including porcelain veneers, dental bridges, inlays, onlays, and dentures at his practice in Greenwood, SC. Call today to learn more about treatments available at his dental practice.