Dental Crown

Complete Dentistry of Midland

General Dentistry located in Midland, NC

Are you considering dental crowns to replace missing teeth? Crowns are the right choice for many men and women, and they might be the right choice for you, too. According to findings from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 15 million people in the United States have crowns put in place of missing teeth. If you think you might need a crown, contact Diana Millard, DMD and the experienced dentists at Complete Dentistry of Midland, or book an appointment online. Complete Dentistry of Midland is conveniently located in Midland, North Carolina.

Dental Crown Q & A

Complete Dentistry of Midland

What is a crown?

A crown is a piece of metal, plastic, ceramic, or porcelain that covers a damaged tooth. It is sculpted to the shape of the original tooth and can enhance its strength and appearance. The crown goes over the original tooth and is bonded into place, so the tooth is completely covered, from the gum line up.

Do I need a crown?

Dr. Millard may suggest a crown for many reasons. A crown can cover a dark or misshapen tooth or a dental implant.

Crowns are more than cosmetic solutions. They can cover and protect a weak or cracked natural tooth. Crowns can strengthen teeth that are at risk of breaking or that have weakened as a result of large fillings.

Many patients are great candidates for dental crowns, for both cosmetic and restorative reasons. Whether you need a crown to fix the appearance of a tooth or strengthen a weak tooth, a dental crown can protect teeth for years to come.

Which kind of crown is right for my teeth?

There are a variety of dental crown materials to consider. Crowns can be made from:

  • Stainless steel
  • Gold or another alloy
  • Porcelain fused to metal
  • Resin
  • Ceramic

The choice of material depends on multiple factors. For example, stainless steel is the most common material for temporary crowns. Stainless steel crowns are incredibly durable. Prefabricated stainless steel crowns are commonly used for children who need crowns on baby teeth.

Metal crowns are sturdy and able to endure the impact of biting and chewing, but due to their striking color, they're usually reserved for use on back molars.

Porcelain fused to metal crowns are closer in appearance to natural teeth than stainless steel crowns; however, they do have some disadvantages. For example, the metal portion of the crown might be visible as a dark line close to the gums, and the opposing teeth might endure more wear than with other types of crowns.

All-ceramic crowns are the best option for men and women with metal allergies. All-resin crowns are cheaper than many other types of crowns, but more susceptible to wear and tear and therefore, cracking.

What happens when I get a crown?

Dr. Millard can create same-day crowns using the on-site CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) system. First, Dr. Millard assesses your tooth to determine what type of restoration you need. Next, Dr. Millard will administer anesthesia, then file down or build up the tooth so the crown can be attached properly.

After your tooth is prepared, Dr. Millard uses the CEREC machine to create your new custom crown in about an hour. You’ll be able to leave the office with your new crown safely and securely in place.

Would you like to learn more about dental crowns? Think you might need a crown replaced? Contact Dr. Diana Millard at Complete Dentistry of Midland or make an appointment online.