A dental crown is a tooth-shaped covering placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size, and strength, which also improves its appearance. When cemented into place, the crown fully encases the visible portion of your tooth above the gum line.
Crowns can be made from metal, all ceramic, or porcelain fused to metal. Metal crowns are the most durable, while ceramic or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are the most natural-looking.
The Procedure for Dental Crowns
At Pacific Coast Dentistry, we custom-make crowns in our own office using the most up-to-date technology, CAD/CAM. This technology allows us to design and mill a crown in only one hour from zirconia. Zirconia is the strongest, most modern porcelain available today.
Before beginning the procedure, our dentist will perform a thorough examination and take X-rays to determine the extent of the damage and determine what type of restoration will provide the best outcome. Next, the dentist will prepare the tooth by shaping it to accommodate the crown. After the tooth is prepared, an impression will be made and used to design the permanent crown.
Once the crown is ready, our dentist will ensure it fits comfortably and matches the color of your surrounding teeth. Once everyone is happy with the result, the crown will be cemented to complete the treatment process and restore full form and function to your smile.
The Benefits of Dental Crowns
When a tooth is cracked, broken, damaged, or worn down, it can cause complications that impact your overall oral health. These issues can lead to further damage or even tooth loss without treatment. Dental crowns are an effective treatment option to protect and strengthen damaged teeth and improve oral health. They support the remaining tooth structure to prevent further deterioration.
A dental crown is custom-designed to fully encase the tooth above the gum line to restore and protect it. It is made from durable materials, such as porcelain or composite resin, and can be matched to the color of your other teeth to ensure a seamless and natural look. This way, the crown restores the tooth’s strength while also improving its appearance.
A dental crown can help protect your tooth from further damage, including breakage due to an accident. In addition to restoring the strength of the tooth and improving its overall appearance, a dental crown can also improve the health and function of the mouth as a whole. Restoring a damaged tooth can improve your oral health and prevent the need for more extensive and costly treatments in the future.
In addition to offering strength and protection to a damaged tooth, crowns can also improve the appearance of a smile. For more information, visit Pacific Coast Dentistry at 143 Niblick Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446, or call (805) 226-8126.