Optimal Tooth Protection with Dental Crowns
For teeth that are severely damaged and cannot be repaired with a bonded filling, inlay, or onlay, a dental crown is recommended. Covering the entire part of the tooth that shows above the gum line, a crown will strengthen your tooth and restore it to ideal functioning. Dental crowns are used to repair teeth with extensive decay, deep fractures or breakage, or excessively worn-down teeth. They are also placed on teeth that have been treated with a root canal procedure to provide added strength and protection. Additionally, crowns are sometimes used for cosmetic reasons to cover imperfections that are too extensive for teeth whitening, bonding, or porcelain veneers.
While some dentists still place metal crowns, at Modern Dental Health we favor more natural-looking restorations, and that’s why we only use all-porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns. While both types of crowns are durable and aesthetically-pleasing, PFM crowns contain a metal substructure overlaid with porcelain, making them a great choice for molars that must withstand stronger chewing forces than the front teeth. Your Sacramento, Sparks NV., Lodi and Stockton dentist will create an all-porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal crown that perfectly matches the color of your surrounding teeth and has the same iridescent, light-reflecting qualities of a natural tooth, giving you a reason to smile for years to come.
Placement of a Dental Crown
Placement of a crown is a two-appointment process. First, your dentist will prepare your tooth for your new restoration by removing decay or smoothing out rough edges. Your Modern Dental Health dentist must attain a certain tooth shape to help your crown bond successfully, and in some cases, a filling may need to be placed to build up the tooth structure. After ideal shaping has been achieved, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth. They will then send this mold to a dental lab, where a skilled ceramist will create a crown to fit your tooth perfectly. While you are waiting for your crown to be constructed, your dentist will send you home with a temporary crown to cover and protect your tooth. After the dental lab creates your custom crown, you will return to your Modern Dental Health prctice to have it placed. Your dentist will remove your temporary crown and place your permanent restoration on your tooth, attaching it securely in place with a bonding agent. He will then check your bite with your new crown, making sure that it fits well, looks natural, and meets properly with your opposing teeth. In just two office visits, your teeth can achieve optimal functioning and aesthetics with porcelain restorations.