Dental crowns are prosthetic devices used to restore the shape and function of a tooth. They fix teeth that have been damaged, malformed or received extensive fillings or dental restoration. Essentially, they are a tooth-shaped cap that covers the part of the natural tooth that sits above the gum line. They become permanent once they are cemented into place.
Crowns accomplish the dual goals of giving you back the function and the appearance of your natural teeth. This makes them an ideal solution for numerous cosmetic and functional tooth issues.
At Care dental clinic, we provide dental crowns and bridges for patients. These procedures are extremely effective for restoring a tooth that has become infected, damaged or has fallen out. We can complete these procedures in a way that looks natural while resolving oral health issues. This way, a patient can regain the functionality of their tooth without giving the appearance of any dental work.
Before the Procedure
If you are getting dental crowns or a dental bridge for cosmetic reasons, we recommend that you whiten your teeth first. At our clinic, we offer teeth whitening procedures that can improve the appearance of your smile quickly and easily. It is important to have this procedure done first because the material that crowns and bridges are made out of are both stain and bleach resistant. That means that if it is created to match yellow teeth, it will remain yellow even if you have your teeth whitened at a later date. When you have the procedure done first, your new crown or bridge will be made to match your new brilliantly white teeth.
When preparing for the procedure, we recommend that patients take a day off of work. If possible, you may want to take a couple of days off. It is normal for teeth to be somewhat sensitive, and it is easier if you don’t have to worry about meeting clients and keeping up with your busy schedule.
Before getting started, an impression is taken of the teeth so that the new crown or bridge can be created in a dental lab.
When placing a dental crown around a tooth, Our dentist starts by preparing the tooth. We will need to remove a portion of the enamel so that there is room for the new crown to surround the tooth without pushing other teeth out of place. Once complete, we will clean the tooth and secure a temporary crown to it using removable glue. Patients typically wear a temporary crown for around two weeks while waiting for a permanent one to be created in the lab. During this time, it is important to be careful with what you eat and how you brush your teeth since the temporary is designed to come off.
When the dental restoratives are complete, patients return to our clinic, so that we can remove the temporaries and bond the permanent ones to the tooth. For a dental crown, we will secure the cap around the tooth and complete it through dental bonding. With a bridge, a crown is placed on the two teeth that are surrounding the missing one. On top of the crown is a piece that looks like natural gums that will hold the new tooth in place. These two crowns serve as anchors for this synthetic “bridge” and makes a new tooth as durable as it can be. Patients depend on this procedure as a way to replace missing teeth in a way that looks natural and restores the functionality of the missing tooth.
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A filling is traditionally used to contain a small area of decay on a tooth surface. It is considered a minor procedure. It is usually done with a tooth-colored resin that hardens through the application of a special type of light. It is a quick procedure that protects the tooth for many years. A crown, on the other hand, is usually needed when the tooth structure has suffered severe damage or tooth decay. It covers over the entirety of the tooth enamel and biting surface. Crowns are custom-fabricated in dental labs for specific patients, and the process for placing them takes longer than a simple filling. Sometimes, it may take more than one dental appointment.
Crowns have been used for many years. However, the crowns of generations past didn’t look very natural. Modern crowns, however, can be made from a variety of materials. Some of them look exceedingly natural and are indistinguishable from natural teeth. This is important for front teeth, which are the most visible. Porcelain crowns even offer the ability to reflect light exactly as a natural tooth does.
Different types of crowns fall at different price points. Porcelain crowns are the most expensive and resin-based are the most affordable. If you have dental insurance and a crown is needed for structural repair of a tooth, your insurance may cover all or some of the cost. On the other hand, crowns placed for cosmetic purposes are typically not covered by insurance. Care dental clinic is committed to offering affordable payment options for our patients. Talk with us to learn more about payment options.
Crowns can last decades when properly cared for. They are permanently cemented into place in your mouth. However, crowns may need to be repaired or replaced over time, so they are not “permanent” in so far as being a lifelong solution. They will likely require maintenance or replacement at some point.
Dr. Shanmukh and his skilled team knows that a crown restores confidence, in addition to esthetics and function. He is passionate about seamlessly incorporating a crown into your smile and transforming the way you feel about your teeth.
If you’re interested in a dental restoration tailored to your unique smile, call Care dental clinic today to schedule a consultation. We are committed to providing you with the information and encouragement you need in order to make the best oral health decisions for yourself and your family. We offer compassionate care from a staff who recognizes how life-changing dental restorations can be.