Dental Crowns to Restore Damaged Teeth
One of the most common procedures the doctor performs is the placement of dental crowns.
Dental crowns fit over teeth to provide strength and protection, and the doctor has many uses for them, such as repairing damaged teeth and covering teeth after root canal therapy. Dr. Haack can even place dental crowns as restorations for dental implants.
If you would like to know more about dental crowns, or want to schedule a consultation with Dr. Haack, call our Alexandria, MN dental office today.
About Dental Crowns
Dental crowns protect teeth that have suffered damage due to severe decay, fractures, and breaks from incurring further damage, while restoring a natural, healthy look to your smile.
Dr. Haack can use crowns to replace large fillings in teeth that don’t have enough structure remaining to support a new filling, or to help support dental bridges for patients who have lost one or more teeth. The doctor often uses crowns to cover the site of a root canal therapy procedure.
Technicians in a U.S.-based dental lab fabricate these custom designed shells to achieve a permanent, snug fit over your damaged teeth. We can design crowns made from porcelain, metal, or porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM).
Dr. Haack typically recommends porcelain crowns for your front teeth, because they mimic the way your natural teeth reflect light and look the most natural.
Types of Crowns Available
Dr. Haack can design your dental crown out of any one of several materials. If you have difficulty deciding which type of crown you want, the doctor will happily go over the pros and cons of each to help you with your decision. Your options for dental crowns include:
- Metal Crowns – Traditionally constructed out of gold, platinum, silver or other metals, these crowns were once the standard. They provide great durability and withstand most biting and chewing forces without chipping or breaking. They also allow for more of the tooth’s original structure to remain than other crowns. Aesthetically, however, metal crowns prove inferior to all other materials, as they present dark spots on an otherwise bright smile. While most dentists placed nothing but metal crowns for over a hundred years, they typically only use them to repair teeth in the back of the mouth now, if at all.
- Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Crowns – PFM crowns enjoy wide popularity they have an aesthetically pleasing appearance and great durability. The most popular material for crowns next to ceramic, PFM provides structure and strength that most other materials lack but some patients may experience trouble with these crowns wearing down opposing teeth more than other types of crowns. The doctor can match the porcelain color to the patient’s natural teeth, making the crown virtually indistinguishable. As patients age, however, their gums start receding, and a dark line where the metal and porcelain meet may become visible at the gum line.
- Porcelain Crowns – The most cosmetically pleasing of all crowns, Dr. Haack designs porcelain crowns to provide the most lifelike restoration available. The material used for these crowns, which the doctor can match to the color of your natural teeth, mimics the translucence and natural reflectivity of tooth enamel, giving them the most natural appearance. Porcelain crowns provide resistance to stains, so you should not need whitening treatments to keep them looking clean and white.
Placing a Dental Crown
Placing a dental crown typically requires two office visits, usually one or two weeks apart. At your first appointment, you will have a consultation with Dr. Haack.
He will go over your medical history and discuss any medications you are taking, then examine your mouth to make sure no other issues need addressing. The doctor will then prepare the damaged tooth by removing a small amount of the surface enamel.
He will take impressions of your teeth and send them, along with information regarding the coloring of your teeth, to a US-based dental lab. There, a ceramist will fabricate your crown and tint it to match your natural teeth. Dr. Haack will fit you with a temporary crown to wear until we receive your new permanent one.
When your crown arrives at our office, you will return for a second visit. Dr. Haack will remove the temporary crown and replace it with your new custom-made porcelain crown.
He will check for a good fit and proper occlusion with the new crown in place. Once satisfied, the doctor will permanently place the crown with a safe but strong dental cement. Barring injury or disease, the crown should last anywhere from five to 15 years before it needs replacing.
Call Us for a Consultation
Contact our Alexandria, MN dental office today to find out more about the benefits of dental crowns, or to schedule a consultation with the doctor.