Ceramic Dental Crowns
Sometimes our smiles need a little assistance to look their best, and Dr. Darian Hampton, an expert North Dallas cosmetic dentist, can help. At The Hamptons Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Hampton employs veneers, dental implants and crowns to restore radiance to patients’ smiles.
With ceramic crowns, the skillful cosmetic dentistry provider can fix a chipped tooth, a fractured filling and many other problems that may be ruining your beautiful smile. Read on for more information about how ceramic crowns can rejuvenate your smile.
What Is a Crown?
Dr. Hampton places a crown, or cap, over the surface of a tooth, encapsulating all of the original tooth material. He can use a crown to strengthen a decaying or damaged tooth, or improve the shape, size, alignment or look of a tooth. Dr. Hampton may also place a crown on top of a dental implant (i.e., a metal fixture that serves as a base for a crown or dental bridge when there is not enough tooth material to support a crown conventionally) to look and function like a natural tooth. Dr. Hampton may also recommend a crown if he cannot use a traditional white dental filling to restore a tooth with a large cavity.
Specifically, Dr. Hampton may advise a crown for one of the following reasons:
- To replace a big filling when not enough tooth material remains
- To protect a weak tooth from cracking
- To fix a fractured tooth
- To cover an implant
- To attach to a bridge
- To attach to a dental implant and provide the look of a natural tooth
- To cover a misshapen or discolored tooth
- To cover a tooth or teeth after root canal therapy
What Are the Benefits of Ceramic Crowns?
Crowns can be made of different materials, including stainless steel and metal alloy. However, Dr. Hampton prefers ceramic crowns because he can match them to the color of your teeth, making them look most like your natural teeth. He can also customize the size and shape of your crown.
Ceramic crowns are durable and reliable. Although Dr. Hampton expects ceramic crowns to last many years, he may eventually need to replace a crown, as can be expected with most dental restorations.
How do Bridges Work?
Dr. Hampton may suggest a bridge if you are missing one or multiple teeth. Missing teeth leave gaps in your mouth. When you have a gap in your mouth, the teeth adjacent to the gap tend to migrate into the open space. This makes you more susceptible to developing a bad, unaligned bite, which can cause gum disease or TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder.
Bridges span the gaps caused by missing teeth. Dr. Hampton bonds the bridge to dental implants or teeth on either side of a gap. These anchoring teeth or implants are called abutments. Similar to crowns, Dr. Hampton can match the color of a ceramic bridge to your remaining teeth.
What to Expect During Crown (or Bridge) Treatment
Before a crown (or bridge) can be crafted and attached, Dr. Hampton must shave down the natural tooth, so the crown will fit over it. Once the North Dallas dentist is satisfied with the new size/shape of the tooth, he takes an impression, or mold, of the newly shaped tooth. He also determines what color the ceramic crown (or bridge) should be in order to match the color of your natural teeth.
The staff at The Hamptons Family & Cosmetic Dentistry office then sends your impression to a lab, where a lab technician makes your crown or bridge. Dr. Hampton will fit you with temporary crowns to cover any prepared teeth while you wait for the permanent crowns or bridges. You will return to the dental office once your permanent crown arrives, so Dr. Hampton can remove the temporary crown and cement the permanent crown or bridge into place.
How Long Do Crowns and Bridges Last?
Crowns and bridges can last your entire life, but they may also loosen or fall out over time. You can do your part to help your crown or bridge last a long time by practicing excellent oral hygiene. Periodontal (gum) or dental disease can cause a crown or bridge to fall out, so you should keep your gums and teeth healthy by brushing your teeth at least twice and flossing each day. You should also visit The Hamptons Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for regular dental exams and cleanings. Avoid gnawing on ice, hard food and hard objects to prevent your crown or bridge from being damaged.
To find out more about ceramic crowns or to schedule your first visit with Dr. Hampton, please contact The Hamptons Family & Cosmetic Dentistry by calling (972) 395-9292.