Dental Crowns are more commonly called dental caps, tooth caps, or tooth crowns. A dental crown consists of a protective shell which can be made of any of a variety of commonly used dental materials, from metal alloys to ceramics. Cracked, decayed, or otherwise damaged teeth are commonly repaired being completely cleaned out, then having a dental crown fitted onto them. This procedure restores the tooth strength, and returns the original look to the tooth as well. The procedure begins with a local anesthetic, allowing us to reshape the tooth and preparing it to fit exactly with the crown.
Dental Crowns can be made out of porcelain alone, or a combination of porcelain and a metal alloy. Tooth crowns consisting solely of porcelain will have a more natural "tooth-colored" look, but will almost always be weaker and more susceptible to chipping than a crown made of the porcelain/metal combination. Due to the continual stress generated on a tooth when chewing or eating, the stronger porcelain/metal crowns are usually preferred for back teeth over their all-porcelain alternatives. However, full porcelain crowns will usually work well for front teeth, where beauty and aesthetics are more important than chewing functionality.
We at Robbie Smith, DDS have successfully performed countless dental crown installation procedures, and we can do the same for you. Contact our Wake Forest, NC office today to learn more about dental crowns and how we can help you!