The Dental Center of South Bend
1005 East LaSalle Avenue, South Bend, IN 46617

Understanding How a Dental Crown Works

Dental Crowns

Teeth are made up of two separate parts. A tooth’s root lies deep inside the gum and bone tissues and acts as an anchor to hold it in place. The top portion of a tooth is called the clinical crown; it’s the part of a tooth that is clearly visible. A dental crown is a permanent artificial covering that protects and conceals the clinical crown. Dental crowns can correct cosmetic flaws and restore function to damaged or vulnerable teeth.

What are the Types of Dental Crowns?

Crowns are made from a variety of materials including gold or metal alloys, stainless steel, porcelain, ceramic, composite resin, zirconia, or a combination of several different materials. All types of dental crowns have pros and cons. Ceramic or porcelain crowns are often preferred for their natural appearance. Some dental clinics can make ceramic crowns in the office while patients wait. Stainless steel crowns are typically used to cover children’s baby teeth. Traditional gold crowns are extremely durable and require less modification of the natural tooth.

When is a Dental Crown Required?

A tooth may require a dental crown if a large filling has weakened its structural integrity. Crowns are also necessary after root canal treatment because the tooth is left hollow and prone to fracture. A crown may also relieve pain caused by serious tooth fractures or restore a tooth with a broken cusp. Teeth that are discolored or have an unusual size or shape can often be corrected by applying a dental crown; crowns are also used in making bridgework and to cover tooth implants.

Is it Painful to Get a Dental Crown?

No pain is experienced by the patient during the procedure. Before the dentist prepares the tooth for a crown, a local anesthetic injection is given to numb the area. Some patients may experience minimal pain, sensitivity, or soreness in the tooth and surrounding gums for a short period of time following the placement of a crown.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

With proper oral care, most dental crowns will last between 10 and 20 years.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in South Bend, call The Dental Center of South Bend today at (574) 367-7000 or make an appointment.

The Dental Center offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in South Bend. With 4 affiliated practices throughout Indiana, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At The Dental Center of South Bend, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at The Dental Center of South Bend.

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