What Is A Dental Crown?

stockton dental crowns - girl smiling with porcelain capsA dental crown is used when a tooth has suffered significant decay, and there isn’t enough healthy tooth structure to support a regular dental filling.  A dental crown can save a tooth from extraction while restoring its size, shape, function, and aesthetic qualities.

A crown is essentially a small “cap”, usually made of porcelain, that slips over the remaining tooth.  Crowns can last for many years – often over 20 – and they add significant strength and functionality to your chewing and biting force.

A Dental Crown may be necessary for the following reasons:

  • after a root canal to preserve and protect the remaining tooth from fracture or further decay
  • to restore a cracked or chipped tooth
  • to hold a dental bridge in place where there is a missing tooth
  • for cosmetic reasons

The Dental Crown Procedure

shades of porcelain for dental crowns - stockton caBecause a crown is usually fabricated in the lab, it takes two visits to complete the procedure.  At the first appointment, the tooth is prepared and shaped, and a detailed impression of your teeth is taken.  This is used as a mold to sculpt the crown.  We also select a matching shade of restorative for your teeth.  Last, a temporary crown is put into place which will hold until the next visit.

At the second visit, after the permanent crown has been made, we check for proper fit, bite, and color consistency.  The permanent crown is then cemented into place.

Dental Crowns in Cosmetic Dentistry

Because dental crowns are both durable and highly aesthetic, it is common for crowns to be used for their cosmetic benefits .  Crowns can be used to fully transform a smile that suffers from damaged, discolored or, missing teeth.  This is often called full mouth reconstruction or full mouth restoration.

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