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Dental Crowns

D ental crowns can restore the form and function of teeth that have become structurally compromised due to trauma or treatment for decay and other issues. They can also be used to replace a lost tooth in conjunction with a dental implant. At our Denver, NC practice, Dr. Frank Avason has over a decade of experience providing his patients with natural-looking dental crowns. Valuing each patient as an individual, Dr. Avason will work with you and determine a customized treatment plan to address your needs.

What is a Dental Crown?

A crown is a lab-made cap that covers the part of your tooth that you can see; that is, the part of your tooth that isn’t covered by gums. Crowns restore teeth that are broken or decayed and provide strength and function. Crowns are permanently fixed to the root of your natural tooth, which means they can’t be removed and don’t require special care. Also dental crown, sometimes called a cap, is a tooth-shaped restoration used to strengthen damaged teeth. Crowns can be crafted from various materials, including porcelain and zirconia. Used in a variety of procedures, crowns serve both cosmetic and functional purposes. The high-quality dental materials available today can be customized to blend with your surrounding teeth for a seamless and dazzling smile. CEREC stands for (chairside conservativel restorations of esthetic ceramic), a technique that uses computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) to create natural-looking porcelain restorations, like crowns, onlays and bridges, in a single visit right in the office. That means natural-looking, durable restorative treatments that normally would take multiple visits, but in some cases you may be able to complete in just one visit. CEREC include:

  • Restorations without metal and visually aesthetic restoration. With a computer designed and fabricated which allows perfectly sealed teeth without leakage and cavities. CEREC only restores the missing tooth structure precisely. The conservative restoration results in preservation of tooth structure.

         If you have suffered dental trauma, tooth decay, or tooth loss, a dental crown may be an option for you.
    By: Avason Group

    Implant-Supported Crowns

    An implant-supported crown is used to restore a dental implant for the purpose of replacing the entirety of a lost tooth. Rather than being seated on a tooth, a crown can be attached to an implant using a connector (abutment). A dental implant is placed during an oral surgery procedure. The presence of the implant will prevent the bone atrophy that occurs following tooth loss, helping to maintain your oral health. Avason Family Dentistry will place and restores dental implants at our family practice center in Denver NC.

    Candidacy for Traditional Dental Crowns

    During your initial consultation, Avason Family Dentistry will review your needs and help determine if a dental crown is right for you or how traditional dental crown can benefit you.

    What is a dental crown? A dental crown is a prosthesis that covers a tooth, restoring it to its normal size and shape, plus crowns can improve your teeth.

  • Strengthening the teeth plus it will improve the appearance of your teeth
  • Protecting teeth from breaking and it will hold fillings in place
  • Attaching bridges and used for restoring broken teeth
  • Covering dental implants and to cover discolored or poorly shaped teeth
  • Avason Family Dentistry lets you know if a crown is the right treatment, based on the condition of your teeth.

    How are crowns placed?

    The process of placing a crown on teeth typically involves two steps. It begins when we makes a mold of your teeth. That’s followed by placing the permanent crown. To make the mold, we will numbs your tooth and the gum tissue surrounding it. Then files down your tooth and makes an impression of it. The mold is used to create a permanent crown. You’ll wear a temporary crown while your customized crown is being made. During your second visit, when it’s time to place the permanent crown, we will again numbs your teeth and surrounding gum tissue. Then cements your permanent crown in place. We get a lot of questions around crowns is does it hurt? Our team has years of experience doingcrowns, plus we will numbs the area where the temporary and permanent crowns are placed, you aren’t in pain. You might feel a slight pinch when the numbing medicine is injected. Your crowns can last a long time, even several decades in some cases. Taking care of your teeth helps lengthen the lifespan of crowns. If you feel that you may need crowns please request more info at the botton of this page and we will getback intouch with you. When in doubt, schedule an appointment with us to find out if your tooth needs a crown. The list below are some signs that you may need to look at crowns:

  • Tooth pain and advanced (large) cavity in your teeth
  • Broken, cracked teeth and worn down teeth
  • A missing or broken filling, along with teeth that look misshapen or deformed
  • After a recent root canal, stained and weak teeth
  • Protect a tooth following root canal therapy
  • When you’re ready to end tooth pain and improve the appearance of your smile with a crown, call Avason Family Dentistry to schedule your appointment by cell, text or online

    Dental crowns can protect the remaining dental tissue while restoring comfort, function, and aesthetics.
    By: Avason Group

    What Types of Crowns Are Available

    Permanent crowns can be made from stainless steel, all metal (such as gold or another alloy), porcelain-fused-to-metal, all resin, or all ceramic. Stainless steel crowns are prefabricated crowns that are used on permanent teeth primarily as a temporary measure. The crown protects the tooth or filling while a permanent crown is made from another material. For children, a stainless steel crown is commonly used to fit over a primary tooth that's been prepared to fit it. The crown covers the entire tooth and protects it from further decay. When the primary tooth comes out to make room for the permanent tooth, the crown comes out naturally with it. In general, stainless steel crowns are used for children's teeth because they don't require multiple dental visits to put in place and so are more cost- effective than custom-made crowns and prophylactic dental care needed to protect a tooth without a crown.

    Metals used in crowns include alloys that have a high content of gold or platinum, or base-metal alloys (for example, cobalt- chromium and nickel-chromium alloys). Metal crowns withstand biting and chewing forces well and probably last the longest in terms of wear down. Also, metal crowns rarely chip or break. The metallic color -- and the high price of gold -- is the main drawback. Metal crowns are a good choice for out-of-sight molars.

    Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns can be color matched to your adjacent teeth (unlike the metallic crowns). However, more wearing to the opposing teeth occurs with this crown type compared with metal or resin crowns. The crown's porcelain portion can also chip or break off. Next to all-ceramic crowns, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns look most like normal teeth. However, sometimes the metal underlying the crown's porcelain can show through as a dark line, especially at the gum line and even more so if your gums recede. These crowns can be a good choice for front or back teeth as well as long bridges where the metal is needed for strength.

    All-resin dental crowns are less expensive than other crown types. However, they wear down over time and are more prone to fractures than porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns.

    All-ceramic or all-porcelain dental crowns provide better natural color match than any other crown type and may be more suitable for people with metal allergies. All-ceramic crowns can be used for front and back teeth.

    Temporary versus permanent, Temporary crowns can be made in your dentist's office, whereas most permanent crowns are typically made in a dental laboratory. Typically, temporary crowns are made of an acrylic-based material or stainless steel and can be used as a temporary restoration until a permanent crown is constructed by a lab.

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