Dr. Stephen A. Price


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What are Dental Crowns?

As Dr. Price explains the anatomy of the tooth to his patients in Burke, he describes the crown as the visible part of the tooth above the gum line on your lower teeth and below the gum line on the upper teeth.  A dental crown looks like a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over the affected tooth to cover any imperfections.  This is done to improve the strength of the tooth and to improve its aesthetic value.  It can cover the tooth fully or partially, depending on the amount of damage that has incurred over time.  Dental crowns are recommended by dentists when a large cavity is affecting the health of the tooth.

What are the different types of Dental Crowns?

Porcelain fused to metal crowns are those whose color can be adjusted to match the adjacent teeth and looks very much like your normal teeth, but since it is made of porcelain this has the potential of breaking off easily.

All ceramic or all porcelain crowns are often chosen to restore front teeth since they provide the best match for natural tooth color.

Temporary crowns are usually made of acrylic or stainless steel and are used to stand in for the permanent crown until it comes from the dental laboratory.

What is a Dental Crown procedure like?

A dental crown procedure is not completed after just one visit.  It usually takes 2 visits to complete the installation and adjustments. The first visit is mainly preparation for the installation of the permanent crown.  Your dentist will check the condition of the tooth and lay the groundwork for the installation of the dental crown.  The dentist will take impressions and images of your tooth to make sure that the technician is able to match the color of the crown to your natural tooth color.  Your dentist will install a temporary crown until he gets the permanent crown from the dental laboratory. You will be asked to come back on for the installation of the permanent crown once it is ready.  The temporary crown will be taken out and your dentist will make sure that the permanent crown fits perfectly before cementing it into place.  Your dentist will schedule follow-ups with you just to check on the condition of the crown and its effect on your bite.



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