Looking for a fix for the crack in your tooth? For the decay that has damaged your tooth? There’s no reason to walk around with teeth that aren’t looking or working the way they should, teeth that are negatively impacting your smile and overall outlook. Our dental crowns are caps that preserve and support your smile by encasing your tooth in custom material.
When are crowns needed?
Crowns cover the visible part of your tooth above the gumline, serving as a restoration that builds up its shape, size, and appearance. Shielding and supporting weak or damaged teeth is one reason to get a crown. Other possible uses may entail:
- Covering a dental implant
- Covering a misshaped tooth
- Securely a bridge in place
- Covering an extremely discolored tooth
- Restoration after a root canal treatment
- Supporting a tooth that has been mostly destroyed by a large filling
What are crowns made of?
Dental crowns are made of metal, ceramic, or porcelain-fused-to-metal, each option with its own set of distinct features.
Alloys that consist of metals, like gold, nickel, and chromium, are the most commonly used material for creating crowns, making them durable, long lasting, and ideal for the back molars your primary chew-ers. Since metal crowns are not tooth colored, most patients prefer to have them to be towards the back of the mouth where they will not be noticed.
Because of the natural-looking materials used to make ceramic crowns, these are the most popular option for those needing them for front teeth. Unfortunately, they aren’t as strong their metal counterparts.
A combination of metal and ceramic crowns, PFM crowns may be the best of both worlds. An outer shell of porcelain wraps around an inner cap of metal to form a natural-looking and strong alternative. The only risks these crowns pose is the possible breakage of porcelain, the potential wear on opposite teeth, and the possibility that the metal can show at the base of the crown where it meets the gumline.
Dental Crowns—The Process
Dental crowns typically require two visits. Dr. Bergonio examines the tooth during the first appointment and numbs it using an anesthetic so that it can be filed down to make room for the crown. We use a filling material to build up the tooth if it’s been worn down by decay or damage. Once finished preparing the tooth, Dr. Bergonio makes impressions of the tooth and nearby teeth that are sent to a dental laboratory. We place a temporary crown for you to wear until the final restoration has been made.
You’ll return to our office for a second visit during which we’ll remove the temporary cap and place the permanent crown, securing it with cement.
Same-Day E4D Crowns
If you want to skip the long wait and messy impressions of traditional crowns, Dr. Bergonio now creates beautiful restorations in one appointment. We replace conventional methods with computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology to obtain fast digital scans. Combining the images with our software, we design a custom restoration with our in-office milling unit. Safe and simple, same-day E4D crowns allow you to walk out the door, after your first and only visit, with a permanent restoration.
How to Care for Your Dental Crowns
All that is required to properly care for crowns is regular oral hygiene: daily brushing and flossing to prevent decay and gum disease. And take care to avoid biting down hard or chewing on hard things like ice.
Strengthen Your Smile
Protect your cracked teeth and restore the functionality of your smile with a dental crown that encases your damaged tooth in custom-designed material. Schedule an appointment with us today, and we’ll help you discover the best dental crown option for ensuring you get the smile you deserve.