If you’re considering a dental crown procedure, it’s natural to have questions and perhaps a few concerns. Rest assured, you’re not alone. Dental crowns are a common dental treatment that Dr. Damien Ren uses to restore both the function and aesthetics of a tooth.

We want you to be as informed as possible, so here’s what you can expect during your dental crown procedure at DICE Dental in Bethlehem, PA:

What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a lab-made restoration that covers the entire visible portion of a damaged or weakened tooth. It serves multiple purposes, such as strengthening a tooth, improving its appearance, and protecting it from further damage.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

The longevity of your dental crown can vary depending on several factors, including the type of crown used, your oral hygiene practices, and your overall dental health. On average, dental crowns can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years or even longer with proper care. Our Bethlehem dental team will show you how to care for your restoration to get the most out of it. Daily flossing and avoiding hard textures (like chewing ice) are essential.

What Are the Different Types of Dental Crowns Available?

Dental crowns come in various materials, each with its unique advantages. The choice of crown material will depend on factors like the location of the tooth and your cosmetic preferences. We may recommend crowns like:

Porcelain Crowns: Porcelain crowns are known for their natural appearance and are an excellent choice for front teeth. They can be color-matched to your existing smile.

Metal Crowns: Metal crowns, typically made of alloys like gold, are incredibly durable and long-lasting. They are often used for back teeth that are exposed to heavy chewing forces.

Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM) Crowns: PFM crowns combine the strength of metal with the aesthetics of porcelain.

All-Ceramic Crowns: These crowns are entirely made of ceramic materials, providing a natural and lifelike appearance. They are a great choice for those who prefer a metal-free option.

Zirconia Crowns: Zirconia crowns are known for their strength and durability. They are resistant to chipping and cracking and are often used for posterior teeth.

Composite Resin Crowns: These crowns are made of tooth-colored resin material and are less expensive than other options. They are typically used for temporary purposes while your lab-made final crown is being created.

What Are the Alternatives to Dental Crowns?

While dental crowns are a popular and effective treatment, they may not always be the only option. Depending on your dental condition, Dr. Ren may recommend one of the following:

  • Dental Fillings: For smaller cavities or minor tooth damage, fillings are a less invasive option.
  • Inlays and Onlays: In some cases, when a tooth has a moderate amount of damage, inlays and onlays can be used instead of a full crown.
  • Dental Veneers: Dental veneers are bonded to the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. They are a cosmetic solution for teeth with minor surface imperfections.
  • Dental Implants: If you have a missing tooth, dental implants serve as an artificial tooth root which then supports a fixed crown.

Can Dental Crowns Be Used to Replace Missing Teeth?

Dental crowns are primarily used to restore and protect existing teeth rather than replace missing ones. However, they can play a role in tooth replacement when used in conjunction with dental bridges or dental implants.

In the case of a dental bridge, crowns are placed on the healthy teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. These crowns act as anchors for the bridge, with an artificial tooth (pontic) bonded between them, creating one single restoration that spans across that area.

Dental implants, on the other hand, involve the placement of a crown on top of an artificial tooth root (implant) to replace a single missing tooth.

Schedule Your Dental Crown Procedure Today

DICE Dental in Bethlehem, PA offers personalized dental care for missing teeth and full mouth reconstruction. Call today to reserve your next evaluation with Dr. Ren.