Dental Crowns Available in Morgantown, WV
Amy Everett DDS & Associates is Your Family’s Dental Crown Resource
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth, to cover the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance. The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line. Call Amy Everett DDS & Associates at (304) 599-1234, or message us with online convenience, to see if a dental crown may be right for you.
Why is a Dental Crown Needed?
A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:
- To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
- To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
- To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left
- To hold a dental bridge in place
- To cover misshaped or severely discolored teeth
- To cover a dental implant
- To make a cosmetic modification
Can a Crown Be Used on Baby Teeth?
For children, a crown may be used on primary (baby) teeth to: Save a tooth that has been so damaged by decay that it cannot support a filling. Protect the teeth of a child at high risk for tooth decay, especially when a child has difficulty keeping up with daily oral hygiene. Decrease the frequency of sedation and general anesthesia for children unable, because of age, behavior, or medical history, to fully cooperate with the requirements of proper dental care. In such cases, a pediatric dentist is likely to recommend a stainless-steel crown.
What Types of Crowns Are Available at Amy Everett DDS & Associates?
Stainless steel dental 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 dental crowns include gold alloy, other alloys (for example, palladium), or a base-metal alloy (for example, nickel or chromium). Compared with other crown types, less tooth structure needs to be removed with metal crowns, and tooth wear to opposing teeth is kept to a minimum. 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 is the main drawback. Metal crowns are a good choice for out-of-sight molars.
Temporary versus permanent, temporary crowns can be made in your dentist’s office, whereas permanent crowns are made in a dental laboratory. Temporary crowns are made of acrylic or stainless steel, and can be used as a temporary restoration until a lab constructs a permanent crown. Your Amy Everett DDS & Associates dentist will review the best type of dental crown for your situation.
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.