A dental crown is a durable restoration that covers a tooth that has been damaged, broken, or affected by decay. At Smile Center Silicon Valley, we typically recommend dental crowns made from porcelain because they provide the most natural look and durability.
In restorative dentistry, dental crowns are used to repair significant damage to teeth, including enamel loss, cracks, chips or breaks, and tooth decay. The crown restores the tooth’s shape, size, and strength so that it can look and function normally. Crowns can also be used for cosmetic purposes, to conceal stains and chips on teeth that aren’t as noticeable as a cavity. In other cases, crowns may be placed on implant posts to replace missing teeth. Since crowns are long-lasting, they are a permanent solution for restoring teeth that have been damaged or decayed.
The Dental Crown Procedure
A dental crown is cemented over a tooth using a strong dental adhesive. The procedure usually takes two visits. If you are getting a crown on a tooth with decay or an existing filling, the decayed portion of the tooth will be removed before the restoration is placed. This will ensure the tooth is protected against further damage. Sometimes, a temporary crown can be placed while the final restoration is made to ensure optimal comfort and function.
During your first appointment, we will take impressions of your tooth and use them to fabricate your custom crown. When it is ready, you will come in for your second appointment and we will place the permanent crown over your tooth and make any necessary adjustments to ensure the fit is secure and comfortable.
Whether you are getting a crown after a procedure like a root canal or to complete an implant restoration, you can expect your smile to be fully restored and functional as crowns are made using durable, high-quality materials. Your restoration will be made to match the appearance of the surrounding teeth and will be designed to withstand normal biting and chewing forces. With proper oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, your dental crown can last for many years.
The Benefits of Dental Crowns
Restored Tooth Function
Crowns strengthen and stabilize damaged or weakened teeth, allowing for normal chewing and biting.
Crowns can improve the appearance of discolored, misshapen, or severely decayed teeth, restoring a natural and attractive smile.
Crowns protect weak or damaged teeth from further decay, fractures, or wear, preventing the need for more extensive dental treatments in the future.
With proper oral hygiene care and regular dental check-ups, dental crowns can last for many years, providing long-term restoration and functionality.
Dental crowns can restore the appearance, strength, and function of damaged or weakened teeth, improving oral health and overall quality of life. For more information on dental crowns and to see if this restorative dentistry option is right for you, visit Smile Center Silicon Valley at 877 W. FREMONT AVE, SUITE L3, Sunnyvale, CA 94087, or call (408) 245-7500 and schedule a consultation with one of our dentists today!