Dental crowns are perhaps the most widely used and versatile dental restorations. They are ceramic structures that perfectly mimic the appearance of the natural human teeth, but are hollow on the inside. They entirely cover the teeth and help to treat dental issues such as cracked, misshapen, broken, worn out, and excessively spaced teeth.
What are the advantages of dental crowns?
- Crowns are made from a dental-grade ceramic material that is biocompatible. It doesn’t harm the soft tissues of the mouth or cause any allergic reactions.
- Crowns help restore several types of oral conditions.
- Through customization, its color, texture, translucency, and contour can be made to exactly match that of the natural teeth.
- Placing a crown on the tooth can save it from being extracted or crumbled when you bite into something too hard.
- Crowns allow you to bite and chew food as you always used to. You will not have to worry about the restoration failing or cracking as it is durable and long-lasting.
What is the procedure involved?
During the initial visit, the dentist will run a few tests to understand the severity of the condition and determine your candidacy for the crown. The dentist will take a highly-precise scan and x-rays to map out the positioning of the tooth, its size, and contour. The data from the scan will be shared with a dental laboratory where your restoration will be fabricated. Meanwhile, the dentist may place a temporary crown on your tooth until the permanent one is ready, which could take a few days.
During the next appointment, the dentist will remove the temporary crown and clean the teeth. The permanent crown will be placed on the tooth and checked for fit and comfort. An etching solution is used to roughen the tooth surface, after which the crown will be bonded to it using dental adhesives. The dentist uses a curing light to harden the dental cement, after which it will be polished to give it the perfect luster. A bite test will reveal any bite issues, after which the crown may be polished to enhance its luster.
To know more about dental crowns, please schedule an online appointment with our dentists or call us at (650) 780-9439, and we will be happy to help. We also serve areas of Redwood City, Menlo Park, Atherton, and Foster City.