Custom Dental Crowns
When a tooth becomes weak or damaged, it cannot repair itself or grow new tooth structure to reinforce its strength. If left untreated, the tooth will suffer more damage from the pressure and friction of your bite. A dental crown is a custom, lifelike cap that is designed to completely cover and protect a compromised tooth. Depending on your specific needs, it can be crafted from lifelike porcelain, durable metal, or a combination of both materials (porcelain-fused-to-metal, or a PFM crown). By absorbing your bite pressure, a custom dental crown serves a number of purposes including reinforcing a weak tooth, restoring a cracked or broken tooth, and improving the appearance of a severely blemished tooth.
When to Schedule an Appointment
Placing a dental crown requires modifying the tooth to accommodate the thickness of the crown. Therefore, Dr. Olson will first perform a comprehensive examination to ensure that a crown is necessary before recommending its placement. If your tooth needs a crown, Dr. Olson will consult with you to decide what kind; for instance, back teeth may benefit more from a metal crown designed to withstand a maximum amount of bite pressure. For more visible teeth, you may prefer a porcelain or zirconia crown, which will closely mimic the natural, healthy, and blemish-free appearance–and color–of your original tooth.
If you lose a tooth, then Dr. Olson might suggest replacing it with an implant topped with a custom dental crown. The implant is a biocompatible titanium post that is inserted into your jawbone to replace the root of your lost tooth, and support your replacement dental crown.