Dental CrownsAn Overview
Dr. Izadi and Dr. Rafat are general dentists near Hunt Valley, MD who restore structurally unsound teeth with dental crowns.
Whether you need to replace an existing restoration or have a tooth that needs a crown, the dentists at Valley Dental Health can create custom dental crowns that look and feel like natural teeth. We use a variety of materials for dental crowns including porcelain for a highly aesthetic, natural looking restoration.
A dental crown, sometimes called a tooth cap or tooth crown, is used to restore cracked teeth, crooked teeth, and teeth with cavities or tooth decay. The dental crown covers the entire tooth, like a cap, and is permanently cemented into place.
There are many materials that a dentist can choose from to create a dental crown. In most cases, Dr. Izadi and Dr. Rafat choose porcelain dental crowns because of their superior esthetics and long-term durability.
Benefits of Porcelain Dental Crowns
- Metal free – no discoloration along the gum like conventional metal dental caps
- Natural looking – porcelain dental crowns are made of fine layers of ceramic material, to mimic tooth enamel
- Long lasting – porcelain dental crowns are highly durable and stain resistant
Dental crowns are also used to restore a missing tooth with the use of a dental implant. A dental bridge is the traditional method used to replace one tooth. But this required the two adjacent teeth to be grinded down and then capped with dental crowns to support the replacement tooth. Essentially, you are damaging two healthy teeth to replace one tooth. With an implant anchored dental crown, you are only replacing the one tooth and no other teeth are used for the process. In addition, the implant will act as the new tooth root to stimulate the bone. This will prevent bone loss, a benefit that a bridge cannot accomplish.
Dr. Rafat is a highly trained periodontist that is capable of performing every stage of the implant process. From the surgical placement of the implant to the attachment of the dental crown, every phase is performed at our Hunt Valley, MD dentist office. Even though an implant-supported crown is more expensive and the length of time to complete the treatment is longer, dental implants offer a more natural appearance and will last a lifetime if cared for properly.