When you have an issue with the health and structure of tooth, or with esthetic issues, then you may need a dental crown. But does your tooth need a partial or full one? What do we craft them from? In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about what kind of dental crown your smile may need.
Partial vs. Full Crowns
Let’s look at the different between fulls and partials. A full crown covers the entire visible portion of your tooth, everything above the gum line. Which means we can correct a host of cosmetic and restorative concerns with the tooth, such as cavities, infections, cracks or chips, worn down teeth, or even issues with the shape and color. In fact, we can use them to secure bridges or restore dental implants for those with missing teeth.
A partial address a small portion of the tooth, correct issues too severe for a filling, but not quite advanced enough to benefit from a complete crown. There are two different ones. The inlay fits over the cusps on top of the tooth, and the inlay fits in between the cusps.
Our Lifelike Materials
Regardless of which one you receive; it will be custom-made for your smile. We could use materials like ceramic or porcelain for the front facing teeth, as these are the most lifelike in appearance. For the side and rear teeth, which endure greater bite forces and pressure, we could use zirconia or porcelain-fused-to-metal. We use these materials because they can be color-matched to blend with the rest of your smile and offer a more lifelike appearance. We want you to never hesitate to smile following treatment!
Creation and Placement
To create them, we will first numb the teeth and gently remove structure from them. Next, we take detailed digital images and impressions of these teeth, which we use in a lab setting to design and craft the finished product. When everything is ready, you will return for a second visit, so we can catch the restoration with a powerful bonding agent. Routine care could protect your natural teeth and ensure your restorations can last for years to come.
If you have any questions about how we repair and restore a tooth, or if you would like to schedule a visit for you or a member of your family, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Repairing Your Smile?
Our team wants to help smiles and prevent complications! If you have any questions about restoring the health, function, and appearance of your smile, or if you would like to schedule a consultation today, please contact Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, at (281) 592-1234. You can also find our practice at 205 E. Houston St. Cleveland, TX 77327.