When there is a lot of decay or damage to a tooth, the bone may need additional support which is called a crown or tooth cap. When over 60% of a tooth is defaced, broken, or decayed the tooth loses its built-in basic support. The great thing about Worcester dental crowns is their ability to quite literally hold a tooth together and giving back the support it loses from being damaged. A crown or tooth cap can be made from porcelain, metal, and even a blend of the two. There are also two materials that are the same color as teeth used for crowns called Zirconia or E-Max. They are strong like metal but have the look of porcelain, and they are metal free.
A metal crown or tooth cap can be one of three types: precious, non-precious, or semi-precious. Dr. Samborski uses crowns and tooth caps with a high amount of gold or precious metals. The higher the gold and precious metal content the better. Palladium, platinum, and gold are much healthier for your body as opposed to semi-precious or non-precious metals which may contain nickel and copper.
A porcelain crown or tooth cap will give you the best natural and aesthetic look when it comes to your teeth. When deciding on which Worcester dental crown or tooth cap is best for you it is good to know porcelain crowns are best used in the front of the mouth where you are not as focused on chewing force. When it comes to back teeth a porcelain to gold crown will provide the support and strength of metal with the look of a porcelain cap. What porcelain to gold means is that the crown is made with a metal center and has porcelain laid over the top.
If you are interested in learning more about Worcester dental crown or tooth cap procedures, please contact us today through our online request form or by giving us a call.
Porcelain fused to gold or all gold crowns provide the strength and durability needed for heavy chewing. Gold is also a better choice for patients who may grind their teeth.
Periodontal Disease: Crown Lengthening
When you look in the mirror, does your gumline look uneven? Or do you see too little gum? These are common effects of periodontal disease. A type of gum surgery called gingival surgery can lower or even out the gumline. And if more of the tooth needs to be exposed, gingival surgery can fix that, too. One type of gingival surgery is called crown lengthening.
How Crown Lengthening Works
Surgery to expose more of the crown (the part of the tooth you can see) includes:
Functional lengthening. In some cases, a restoration (artificial crown) is needed. Gum and bone are removed to expose enough tooth to anchor the new crown. This also helps prevent future damage to gum and bone near the restoration.
Cosmetic lengthening. This is done to remove an overgrowth of gum tissue that causes a “gummy” smile. It can improve appearance and may make teeth easier to keep clean.
To learn more about our Worcester dental crown and tooth cap procedures, preventive and restorative dentistry services, or to schedule an appointment, please call our office staff at (508) 757-0591 or use our online appointment request form to schedule an appointment. We offer our services to residents of Holden, Paxton, Shrewsbury, Boylston, Westborough, Worcester, Auburn and Northborough in Worcester County, MA.