When we crown one of our patients at Mason Dental in Grapevine, the coronation is a celebration of a stronger smile.
The necessity of a dental crown is usually apparent. Based on how much tooth is available to hold in a filling, sometimes a crown is needed to add more support and to keep the tooth from falling apart or breaking. Crowns are also needed as a sturdy support for dental bridges.
A crown restores your tooth to normal shape, size and strength, and allows it to resume its proper place as a team player with the other teeth.
Millions of people have had one or more dental crowns, in order to strengthen a weakened tooth. Dental crowns are made from one of four different materials:
- Ceramic (porcelain-based)
- Porcelain fused to metal
- Gold alloys
- Base metal alloys
These days, computer-aided design and manufacturing technology (CAD/CAM) is used in making precise shapes and sizes for crowns and other dental restorations. A 3-D image of the teeth and gums allows for the precise design, and a perfect fit.