A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap used to cover a decayed or malformed tooth. If your tooth is damaged but not lost, a crown can help restore the tooth shape, size and strength as well as improve its appearance. The crown is needed when the tooth is generally broken down and the fillings can't solve the problem. If you need a dental crown or have questions feel free to call our Santa Clarita dentist at (661) 290-2825 today!
What Types of Problems Can Dental Crown Fix?
- If a tooth is cracked a crown servers to hold the tooth together so the damage won't get worse
- If there isn't enough of the tooth remaining to support a large filling, crowns help restore a tooth
- Dental crowns are able to protect a weak tooth from cracking or decay
- Crowns can serve for cosmetic purposes, covering misshaped or discolored teeth as well as old or metal mercury fillings
What Types of Crowns Are Available?
We offer three types of crowns. Depending on which tooth needs a crown, we suggest a material or a combination of materials that is right for you.
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns (PFM's)
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are made of both metal and porcelain. First, a metal shell is fit over the tooth, then a porcelain veneer is fused on the metal shell. The metal substructure provides adequate strength, while porcelain helps form the overall shape of the crown and give it white, natural-looking appearance. Among the advantages of PFM crowns we should mention great durability, proper fit and aesthetic appeal.
- Zirconia crowns
Zirconia crowns are made from zirkonium, a very strong material known for its durability. This material rarely provokes allergic reaction or body rejection. Having a translucent appearance, it is hard to differentiate a zirconia crown amongst natural teeth. Moreover, zirconia crowns can be modified according to the shape and size of teeth it will be placed alongside with.
- E-max crowns
E-max crownsare made of a block lithium disilicate ceramic which offers best aesthetic appearance and durability. Having a translucent natural-white color, lifelike shape, e-max crowns provides an ideal restoration. As there is no metal framework on e-max crowns, there is never a chance of a grey line of metal showing up through your gums. Moreover, they are very strong and long lasting.
Steps Involved in Applying Dental Crowns
- There are usually two separate appointments for a dentist to place a dental crown.
- First Visit: Examination and Application of Temporary Crown
The first appointment includes examination of the damaged tooth, shaping the tooth, taking its impression and placing a temporary crown. The temporary crown protects your tooth until the final crown is ready. Between the two appointments, a dental laboratory will fabricate the crown. The final crown will be the right size and shape for your mouth.
- Second Visit: Cementing the Crown
The second appointment involves taking off the temporary crown and putting on the final one. Before cementing the crown into place, we will check if it is the right fit, shape, color and bite. As a part of the dental procedure, we will set the crown on your mouth and inspect the way it has seated, then remove the crown and adjust it if needed. Once we agree that all seems right with your new crown, it will be cemented over your tooth.
Crowns are strong and generally last 5-7 years. Treat the crowns like your natural teeth: brush and floss them regularly and don't bite hard objects. Proper oral hygiene determines the success of your investment.
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