What Are Dental Crowns:
When Would You Need Them
& The Process


You may have heard of the term dental crown but might be unsure what one is and why you may need one. A dental crown is a cap that is placed over the tooth to help restore any damage it may have sustained and to enhance the tooth’s appearance. When the crown is placed over the tooth, it should cover it completely to give a more natural look.
Crowns are usually made up of three materials which are all-ceramic, ceramic-on-metal, and all-metal. Depending on where the crown needs to be placed will determine which type of material is used. The most natural-looking of the three materials is all-ceramic as this gives the appearance of a normal tooth, however, ceramic-on-metal crowns are often the choice of many patients as it’s more durable but also gives a natural appearance.

 

When would you need a dental crown?

 

There are many instances when a dental crown may be required. A dental crown can help restore a broken tooth or one that has been extremely worn down. It can also help protect a weak tooth from breaking completely and help hold together parts of a cracked tooth.
If you have a misshapen or discolored tooth, a crown can help cover this. A dental crown can also help hold a dental bridge in place and can provide support to a tooth when there isn’t much of it left.
A dental crown can help protect children’s primary teeth. Children may need one fitting if they have a tooth that is severely damaged by decay, or if they are at high risk for tooth decay.

 

What is the process for a dental crown?

 

First, we take an impression of your teeth which is then sent to a dental lab for the crown to be created. When fitting a dental crown, we want our patients to be as comfortable as possible so we use sedation dentistry. Our team of professionals starts by preparing the tooth. A portion of the enamel needs to be removed to ensure there is enough room for the new crown to cover the tooth and that the other teeth are not pushed out of place. We then carefully clean the tooth before attaching a temporary crown in place. A temporary crown is to be worn for around two weeks until the permanent crown is ready to be fitted. During this period, you must be careful with the foods you eat and try not to brush your teeth too hard as the temporary crown may come off.
When the dental lab has created your permanent crown, you will need to return to your dentist to have the temporary crown removed and the new permanent one fixed. Dental bonding is used to help secure the crown to the tooth and complete the procedure.
If you need natural-looking dental crowns in Dublin, CA to help restore or protect a damaged tooth, give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to help you achieve your perfect smile!