A dental crown is a cap that covers a tooth that has been damaged. The crown restores the tooth to its normal shape and size, strengthens the tooth, and protects it from further damage.
The crown is custom-made to fit over your tooth. It is matched to the color of your natural teeth so that no one can tell the difference.
Dental crowns are made from a variety of materials, including metal, porcelain, and Zirconium. Porcelain and Zirconium are both tooth-colored, so they are most like natural teeth. Metal crowns are typically used in the back of the mouth. They are strong and last the longest.
Your dentist chooses your material for the dental crown after considering the following factors:
If you have a tooth that is misshapen or discolored or has a filling that is failing, or an old crown that is cracked or falling apart, a dental crown is a good fit for your smile.
Dental crowns can benefit a variety of patients. If you have a tooth that is cracked or weakened due to trauma, decay, or infection, a dental crown can protect it. A crown can also improve the appearance of your smile by covering discolored or misshapen teeth.
Dental crowns also work to prevent future oral health issues. Teeth that are broken or worn down make your mouth more susceptible to harmful bacteria and infection. A dental crown keeps your teeth protected.
Dental crowns can take two visits to complete. At your first visit, your dentist will prepare your tooth, removing any decay and shaping your tooth so that the crown will fit correctly. Then, an impression is taken of your tooth and sent to a dental lab, where your crown will be custom-made.
Once your permanent crown is ready, you will return to the dentist’s office so the crown can be placed. Your dentist will carefully prepare your tooth once more, removing any temporary material and placing your new crown. Once your crown is in place, your dentist will adjust the fit so it is comfortable and you can bite and chew normally.
Dental crowns can last for years! As long as you practice good oral hygiene, your crown should last you five years or more, sometimes even longer. Unfortunately, crowns do sometimes come loose after several years due to wear and tear.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Pleasanton, CA, to have a consultation with our dentist in Pleasanton CA. Please call us at (925) 600-9006 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.