Your teeth may get damaged because of oral injuries, tooth decay, poor oral hygiene, and others. These problems may also make your teeth lose their shape and size. Dental crowns provide the best remedy to such concerns. Crowns are like caps for the teeth that help to restore their shape, size, strength as well as appearance.
What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are the caps placed on the top of your damaged teeth. Their role is to protect, restore, and cover the shape of your teeth when fillings are unable to solve the problem. These crowns are made using several materials such as porcelain, ceramics, resin, and even metals.
Candidacy for Dental Crowns?
You can opt for this procedure if you have a cavity too big for a filling. Dental crowns are also a treatment option for a tooth that is cracked, weakened, or severely worn down. Your dentist may as well recommend dental crowns after the procedure of root canal on your tooth. It is because such a tooth is fragile and needs utmost protection.
What are the Advantages of Dental Crowns?
Listed below are the advantages of using dental crowns:
- Dental crowns may be customized according to your natural teeth that don't disrupt or affect your aesthetic appearance.
- The durability of dental crowns is similar to the enamel, and if you care for them well, they will stay as good as the new ones for a long time.
- You can easily bite and chew your food without worrying about damage to your dental crowns.
- Dental crowns have brilliant sealing properties. They help to protect the overall structure of your tooth from microbial infections and other elements.
Using CAD/CAM Dentistry
We use computer-aided design (CAD), and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) are software programs in our practice. With a simple scan using its high-tech camera, we create custom 3-D images of the tooth/teeth to be restored. Then, the milling machine uses the impressions obtained from it to carve the restoration for further process.
How is the Procedure of Dental Crowns Performed?
Your dentist will examine and prepare the tooth that requires the crown. It may involve taking an X-ray of your tooth and creating a digital impression using scans. Now, we will file down and remove the outer layer of the enamel, after which an impression of the trimmed and surrounding teeth will be made. A temporary crown will be used to cover the tooth. The digital mold shall be sent to a lab to make a crown, which might take a few days. Once done, the dentist will meticulously cement the crown to your teeth.
In some cases, this procedure may be performed on the same day. The difference is that the dentist doesn't place a temporary crown on the prepared tooth and fabricates the crown during the same visit using CAD/CAM technology.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Mission Viejo, CA, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Lee. Please call us at (949) 380-0315 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.