When it comes to the look and functionality of your teeth, both should be kept in high regard. Your teeth are responsible for some of your most important bodily functions such as eating and speaking, which are essential for optimal health. And your smile can have a significant impact on your confidence. Over time, our teeth can deteriorate for several reasons, resulting in serious complications that prevent us from being able to chew, talk, or feel comfortable showing off our teeth. If you’re like many others with cracked, decayed, or broken teeth, consider dental crowns as your solution. Learn more about Reno dental crowns with Reno Dental Associates below!
What is a Reno Dental Crown?
Reno dental crowns are used to completely cover areas of the tooth that have been damaged. Also called dental caps by many patients, crowns are intended to strengthen the tooth and improve the appearance of the smile. Unlike a dental bridge, which fills the gap of a missing tooth, dental crowns go over a single tooth. They are used to restore the shape, size, and function of a tooth that has too much decay to be fixed with a dental filling.
A Reno dental crown can be used to repair a cracked, broken, decayed, chipped, or weak tooth, but cannot replace a missing tooth.
What Dental Crown Should I Get?
There are several types of dental crowns to choose from including gold, e-max, zirconia, and porcelain fused to metal. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages depending on your specific needs. Let’s get into this a bit more below.
Gold Dental Crowns
Gold dental crowns are typically made from a combination of alloys including gold, platinum, and palladium. These crowns are usually reserved for the back teeth as they provide great strength and durability. They also require less of the tooth’s structure to be removed, keeping a majority of the natural tooth intact. The average cost of a gold dental crown is between $600 – $2,500.
E-Max Dental Crowns
E-Max dental crowns are made from a unique material called lithium disilicate ceramic. These crowns have a translucent appearance and are generally thin and highly durable. This material is highly aesthetic and tends to be the most natural appearing material to use.
Zirconia Dental Crowns
Zirconia dental crowns are a somewhat new material in the world of dentistry. They are made from zirconium which combines the strength of metal with the white appearance of a porcelain crown. Not only are zirconia crowns durable, but they’re long-lasting as well.
Porcelain and Metal Dental Crowns
Porcelain and metal dental crowns combine the strength and structure of metal with the natural tooth appearance of porcelain caps. Your dentist can recommend if this option is good for you.
What Type of Dentist Can Perform a Reno Dental Crown Procedure?
While dental crowns may seem intimidating, especially for those with a fear of the dentist, the process for applying them is fairly simple. Any Reno dentist specializing in tooth restoration solutions can perform a dental crown replacement. Just be sure to meet with your dentist before having the procedure done to ensure your full confidence in their abilities.
To begin the process, your Reno dentist will prepare the tooth by removing the outer area of the tooth. Then, an impression of your tooth will be made. The mold is used to create the crown that will be custom-fit for your tooth. Finally, the crown is cemented in place using a dental adhesive and after a few moments of waiting for that to dry, you’re free to go.
See How RDA Can Help With Your Reno Dental Crowns
Dental crowns may be recommended by your dentist for many reasons. Not only do they help improve your bite and chewing abilities, but they’re an ideal cosmetic dental procedure for patients who want to feel more confident in their smile. Schedule an appointment with our office to see if you would be a good fit for a Reno dental crown treatment. We’ll help give you a smile you can’t wait to show off!