A guide to dental crowns, a versatile treatment option in Chesterland, OH
Creating smiles for life may involve repairing a portion of a tooth that is damaged as the result of decay, disease, or dental injury. If the damage cannot be adequately resolved with a dental filling, inlay, or onlay, Dr. Brianne (“Dr. Bri”) Fratantonio and our team may recommend dental crowns in Chesterland, OH. Dental crowns are a powerful ally in our pursuit of maintaining or restoring lifelong oral health. They are also versatile. Also known as “caps,” crowns that fit over your natural tooth snugly like headgear are ideal to:
- Restore the structure of a decayed, worn, or fractured tooth
- Replace a tooth as part of a conventional dental bridge or implant-retained restoration
- Cover up teeth that are poorly sized, poorly shaped, or that do not respond to professional dental bleaching systems
Of course, our dentists are happy to discuss all the alternatives that may be available to you at Chesterland Family Dental Care. Depending on your needs, we may recommend other cosmetic treatments such as porcelain veneers or dental bonding. Alternative restorative treatments include onlays or partial crowns. Conservative procedures that preserve maximum natural tooth structure are generally preferred. By evaluating the state of your mouth and discussing your goals and preferences, we may determine that crowns are the best option for you.
The process of getting a full-coverage crown starts by “preparing” the natural tooth. Your dentist removes decayed tissue and shapes the tooth. So, the crown will fit precisely on top of the natural tooth. There are many different types of materials that can be used to make your crown. We will discuss the pros and the cons of each during your appointment.
Generally, dental ceramics such as porcelain are natural-looking (appropriate for front teeth) and very durable (appropriate for back teeth). The porcelain is perfectly color-matched, and the crown itself is made in a lab from an impression or mold of the prepared tooth. The permanent crown is adjusted (as needed), and then cemented or fixed to the natural tooth. A temporary crown may be worn to protect the prepared site while the permanent crown is being made.
Preserve your natural teeth and smile for life with hassle-free crowns, maintained with good oral care and routine check-ups at Chesterland Family Dental Care. Also serving the communities of Hunting Valley, Gates Mills, Chardon, Munson, Kirtland, Russell, Chagrin Falls, Novelty, and Mayfield, our office looks forward to getting to know your family. Call (440) 491-4001 to schedule an appointment.