Crowns Specialist

Legacy Dental Care

General, Cosmetic and Family Dentist located in Ballwin, MO

Dental crowns are more common than you might think. According to findings from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 15 million people in the United States have crowns put in place of missing teeth. The experienced dentists at Legacy Dental Care in Ballwin, Missouri, are highly trained and ready to answer your dental crown questions. Call or schedule an appointment if you think you might need a crown.

Dental Crowns Q&A

What is a dental crown?

A crown is a piece of metal, plastic, ceramic, or porcelain that covers a damaged tooth. It's crafted to look like the original tooth and can strengthen the tooth and restore its appearance. The crown acts as a protective covering, as it's fitted over the original tooth so that the visible portion of the tooth is encased. It's sealed in place with dental cement.

Are dental crowns a good fit for me?

The experienced dentists at Legacy Dental Care may suggest a crown for many reasons. A crown can cover a dark or misshapen tooth or a dental implant.

In addition to making a natural tooth look better, a crown can provide support to a tooth. Crowns can strengthen teeth that have been weakened by excessively large fillings or that are in danger of breaking.

Dental crowns can restore your smile's beauty. They can also be a reliable solution for teeth that need strengthening as a result of severe decay, cracks, fractures, or fillings.

What type of crown is best for my teeth?

Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including:

  • Stainless steel
  • Gold or another alloy
  • Porcelain fused to metal
  • Resin
  • Ceramic

The material used depends on a range of factors. For instance, stainless steel is often used to make temporary crowns. It's common for dentists to use prefabricated stainless steel crowns to cap children's baby teeth.

Metal crowns are sturdy and able to endure the impact of biting and chewing, but because of their noticeable color, they're commonly reserved for rear molars.

Porcelain fused to metal crowns looks more like natural teeth than metal crowns but have some drawbacks. For instance, the metal portion of the crown might be visible as a dark line close to the gums, and the opposing teeth might endure more wear than with other types of crowns.

All-ceramic crowns are the best option for men and women with metal allergies. All-resin crowns are cheaper than many other types of crowns, but more susceptible to wear and tear and therefore, cracking.

What happens when I get a crown?

A dental crown procedure typically involves two visits to the dentist, at a minimum. At the first, 90-minute appointment, your dental professional at Legacy Dental Care will administer anesthesia to numb the tooth and surrounding tissues. The tooth is built up or filed down so that the crown will fit snugly.

After that, the dentist will make an impression of your teeth, which will be sent to the dental lab and used to construct a custom crown. Your dentist will create a temporary crown to protect your tooth until the permanent crown can be placed.

Two weeks later, at your second 40-minute appointment, the dentist will place your new, custom crowns onto your teeth. They will permanently cement the crowns to your teeth so you can smile, bite, and chew just as you would with your natural teeth.

Would you like to learn more about dental crowns? Think you might need a crown replaced? Contact the experienced professionals at Legacy Dental Care or make an appointment online.