Dental crowns are one of the most versatile restorations. They are made from tooth-colored, dental-grade ceramic as it offers superior properties and mimics the enamel in many aspects. Crowns appear just like natural teeth from the outside. But they are hollow on the inside, allowing the dentist to place them over severely damaged, decayed, weak, or worn out teeth to protect them and restore their functionality.
What are the Advantages of choosing Crowns?
- Crowns can be customized to mimic the same aesthetics of natural teeth.
- Their durability is quite similar to that of the enamel, which increases their longevity. Even after many years, crowns would be as good as new, provided you care for them well.
- Crowns can be used for multiple purposes, both aesthetic and functional.
- Crowns can be fabricated and bonded to the teeth in just two visits to the dentist's practice. If the dentist has CEREC, they can be finished in a single visit.
- They allow you to bite and chew food as you always used to without worrying about the tooth sustaining any damage.
- They offer excellent sealing properties, thus protecting the tooth structure underneath from microbial infections.
How are Crowns placed?
When you visit us for the first consultation, our dentist will conduct a thorough diagnosis of the teeth and understand the severity of your oral condition. We will take x-rays to get a better view of the tooth and underlying root canal and tooth root. Once your candidacy for the crown is confirmed, we will prepare you for the treatment.
The dentist will grind a layer of enamel from the tooth to make space for the restoration. Next, a highly precise digital scan will be taken, used to create a digital impression of the tooth, and shared with a dental laboratory. Here, it will be used as a reference for fabricating the crown, which may take a couple of weeks. During this, we will place a temporary crown on the tooth to protect the prepared surface.
During the next visit, we will place the fabricated crown on your tooth and check for fit and comfort. If the crown's contour has to be altered slightly to make it fit better, we will make the changes. The tooth surface will be cleaned and etched with an etching solution so that the crown can adhere to it and not get displaced. We use photosensitive dental adhesives to bond the crown to the tooth, after which it will be hardened using a curing light. We will check for an optimum bite again and polish the crown.
Schedule an online appointment or call our dental practice to have a consultation with our Dentist in San Jose CA at Varni Dental, and we'll guide you further.