A dental crown (sometimes referred to as a “cap” for a tooth) is a protective, strong restoration that completely surrounds the part of the tooth exposed in the mouth. Most often, dental crowns are recommended when the tooth is damaged or weakened and there is not enough natural tooth structure to support itself without risk of breaking. However, there are actually a number of situations in which a dental crown would be recommended or beneficial:
- To support a tooth that has lost adequate natural tooth structure from trauma or decay.
- To hold together a tooth that has cracked.
- To restore the natural height of a tooth that has experienced tooth structure loss from a long period of grinding teeth.
- To attach to a dental implant.
- To improve esthetics of a malformed tooth that cannot be improved by less invasive or simpler cosmetic procedures.
In order to prepare a tooth for a dental crown, some of the outer parts of the tooth (most of the enamel) has to be removed so that the crown can fit over the tooth and protect it. Once the tooth is prepared, a 3D scan or dental impression will be taken of the tooth in order to fabricate a custom-made dental crown for the patient. The crown is then attached to the tooth using dental cement.
Did you know that there are actually many different types of dental crowns? Even more so today, with recent technological advancements, there have been major improvements in durability and strength of materials such as porcelain and zirconium. These materials offer highly esthetic, tooth-colored options for patients who do not want to show “metal” in their smile. It is important to note that not every tooth is best served with a porcelain or zirconium crown—there are a number of situations in which a gold crown or a PFM (porcelain fused to metal) crown may provide better longevity for a tooth in the back of the mouth. This is because each type of crown has different material properties and these should all be taken into consideration when choosing the right crown for you. If you need a crown, Dr. Street will be able to answer any questions you might have about the crown preparation process and the different materials that are used for each type of dental crown.
Dr. Scott Street and the team at T-Town Smiles provide quality dental care to the Tulsa residents. To schedule an appointment with your Tulsa dentist at T-Town Smiles call (918) 488-9770 today.
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At the office of Dr. Scott Street, we offer stress-free family care using modern technology and an old-fashioned personal approach. We provide a full selection of dental treatments, from routine cleanings to top-quality dental restorations. If you are looking for a full-service family dentist in Tulsa, OK, call us today at 918-481-4922 or use our online Appointment Request form.
Suite 1107 (11th Floor)
Tulsa, OK 74136
Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 5pm
Additional times are available.
Dr. Scott Street and the team at T-Town Smiles are proud to be the local Tulsa Dentist serving families in Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Jenks, Oakhurst, Bixby, Glenpool and surrounding Tulsa communities.