Bellissimi Dental provides dental crowns in Brunswick, OH. Call 330-741-3334 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Crowns are an effective way to restore teeth that are damaged, decayed, or need to be opened for root canal treatment. They allow us to preserve your natural teeth by removing the compromised tooth structure and protecting the healthy structure that remains. This prevents bone loss in the jaw, maintains the stability of adjacent teeth, and restores proper function and bite.
The Dental Crown Procedure
Getting a dental crown is a two-step process. During your first office visit, we will take state-of-the-art digital impressions of your teeth—these impressions require no uncomfortable impression material and provide an accurate model of your mouth. Your tooth is then prepared for your crown by removing all of the areas that are damaged. Another digital impression is taken to help us design a crown that fits securely onto the prepared tooth. You’ll be given a temporary crown to wear until your next visit.
We design your dental crown, matching the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth; it is then fabricated by a dental laboratory. Once the crown is ready, you’ll come back for a second appointment and we will bond it to your tooth. Your new crown will restore strength, function, and appearance to the affected tooth.
Dental Crown Materials
There are a number of different materials available for dental crowns. They include:
Ceramic – These crowns are made with tooth-colored porcelain, which makes them an excellent choice for teeth that are visible when you smile. One popular sub-type of ceramic crowns is a zirconia crown, which offers a great deal of strength and durability.
Porcelain Fused to Metal – Porcelain fused to metal crowns offer the strength of metal with the aesthetics of a ceramic crown because they can be designed to blend in with the rest of your smile.
Gold Alloys – Gold alloys are a traditional material for crowns and they remain a common choice for molars, particularly for patients who have issues with jaw clenching and teeth grinding.
Base Metal Alloys – This type of crown is strong and resistant to corrosion. They’re a good choice when there isn’t enough tooth structure remaining to support other types of restorations.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Crowns
How long do dental crowns last?
Dental crowns can last anywhere from five to 15 years, although the lifespan depends on the material you choose, your oral hygiene habits, and the amount of wear your crown receives.
Is a crown better than a filling?
Crowns are not better than fillings and fillings aren’t better than crowns; some situations simply require a crown and others require a filling. While crowns do a better job of repairing severely compromised tooth structures, if a tooth only has a small cavity, a dental filling is the best solution.
What’s the difference between a crown and a cap?
Crowns and caps are the same thing. In the past, the term “cap” was commonly used for dental crowns.
Do crowns on front teeth look natural?
Yes, crowns on front teeth can look just like your natural teeth when designed by a skilled dentist. We use realistic-looking materials that match the rest of your teeth so no one will notice that you have a crown.
What is the most affordable type of dental crown?
Metal alloy crowns tend to be the most affordable, although they are also less popular with patients because most prefer a more aesthetic option.