Proper dental care and regular dental checkups are essential for excellent oral health. Still, your teeth can get damaged from sports, car accidents, or chewing hard items. Based on the severity of the damage, your dentist may recommend restorative dental crowns.
A dental crown is a restorative restoration to protect a decayed or fractured tooth. Unlike alternative treatments such as veneers, a crown covers the entire visible part of the tooth, restoring its strength, size, shape, and appearance.
For this reason, crowns are highly effective in repairing severely chipped, broken, fractured, weakened, uneven, misshapen, improperly gapped, decayed, or stained teeth. You can still benefit from cosmetic dental crowns if you have multiple damaged teeth.
The specific number of crowns placed on a single appointment may depend on your condition, choice of crown material, preferences, budget, and needs. Your dentist will review your situation and advise you on the number of crowns you can have at a time.
The dentist begins by examining the tooth that requires the crown. The exam may involve physical, visual, and x-rays. If the tooth is significantly damaged and doesn’t have enough structure to hold a crown sufficiently, the dentist may rebuild it first.
If you’re a candidate for dental crowns, here’s what to expect during the procedure:
The dentist begins by preparing the tooth for the crown. They take molds of your mouth and tooth.
Next, the dentist preps the damaged tooth.
The dentist places a temporary crown over the tooth for protection.
Your case is sent to a dental lab to create the customized crown.
Your temporary crown will be removed for your second appointment, and the lab-fabricated crown will be cemented.
Generally, you can repair any tooth with a crown as long as it has sufficient structure for a crown to hold on effectively. Dental crowns are of various materials, including ceramic, gold, porcelain, resin, metal, and zirconia.
For instance, metal and gold crowns offer great strength and durability. These crowns can be ideal for back teeth restorations.
Porcelain and ceramic crowns offer incredibly natural results. These crowns are often used for teeth in the “smile line.”
Your Covina family dental team will help you select the crown material right for your condition. When choosing the crown material, your dentist can consider the following things:
Overall oral health.
The shade of your teeth
Type and amount of damage to the tooth
The health of the adjacent and neighboring teeth
Your needs, budget, and preferences
Existing conditions such as bruxism
Alternatives To Multiple Crowns
Generally, you can have alternatives depending on your specific condition and needs. For instance, a dental veneer can be an alternative solution if you’re looking to enhance the appearance of a stained tooth.
However, a dental crown is your best option if the tooth has significant damage. Other alternatives are extracting the tooth and replacing it with an implant, denture, or bridge.
Schedule An Appointment Today
Contact Jeffrey L. Cohen, DDS, to book your appointment for more information about restorative and cosmetic dental crowns.