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When a tooth experiences decay or structural damage, it is important to have it restored before more serious complications arise. At Prosthodontic Dental Group, we offer several restorative treatments, including dental crowns, to help you maintain a beautiful and healthy smile. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped prosthetic that is used to restore the size, strength, and appearance of a damaged tooth. When a dental crown is cemented into place, it will fully encase the visible portion of your tooth.

Uses for Dental Crowns

Our specialists may recommend a dental crown for the following situations:
•  To restore a broken or severely worn down tooth
•  To cover and protect a tooth that has weakened from decay or cracked under pressure.
•  To support a previously restored tooth that has very little enamel left.
•  To anchor a dental bridge to the adjacent teeth.
•  To cover a dental implant.
•  To improve the cosmetics of a misshapen or discolored tooth.
•  To save a primary tooth from decay, extraction, or severe damage.

Dental Crown Procedure

The procedure for a dental crown is typically broken up into two appointments. During your first appointment, we will perform a thorough examination to ensure the tooth can support a dental crown. Then, we will administer a local anesthetic, and begin to file down the tooth in preparation for the crown. In most cases, we will have to completely reshape your enamel. If the tooth is severely damaged or fractured, our team may need to fill it in to make sure it is large enough to support the crown.

Once we have achieved the proper shape, we will take an impression of the tooth, and in some cases, the surrounding teeth as well. An impression of the teeth above or below the crown will help ensure the crown does not affect your bite. The impressions will be sent to a dental laboratory, where technicians will fabricate your final restoration. This may take up to two weeks. In the meantime, you may be given a temporary crown to protect your newly reshaped enamel, and prevent further damage.

Model of a dental crown at a lab, as used by dentist in Sacramento, CA.At your second appointment, we will remove the temporary crown, and check the margins on your final restoration. If we notice any problems with your bite or adjacent teeth, minor adjustments may be made. Once everything is perfect, we will use local anesthetic again to numb the tooth and place the crown. Your specialist will use a special bonding agent to permanently cement the crown to your tooth. Depending on the type of material used, a dental crown can last between five and 15 years. Excellent oral hygiene, regular checkups, and professional cleanings will help prolong the lifespan of your crown!

Types of Crowns

There are four types of dental crowns:
•  Porcelain. This type of crown is common for restoring teeth that are visible in your smile, such as your anterior (front) teeth. Porcelain crowns offer improved aesthetics and can be color matched to the existing shade of your teeth.
•  Gold alloys. This type of crown is typically made from a mixture of gold, copper, and other metals. Gold provides a strong bond and resists wear better than other alternatives. Gold is usually a good option for teeth that must withstand a powerful bite force, such as your molars and premolars.
•  Other metal alloys. This type of crown is also resistant to wear, including corrosion, fractures, and chips. Metal crowns also require less removal of tooth enamel.
•  Porcelain-fused-to-metal. This type of crown can be ideal for teeth in the visible smile that require additional support. Next to porcelain crowns, this crown will look most like your natural tooth.

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