At Woodcreek Dental we use crowns to restore the shape and functionality of damaged teeth. You might have a fractured tooth, or a decayed one, that is still strongly anchored into the jawbone. It is not advisable to remain with the tooth in your mouth while it is like that. Crowns are attached to such teeth to strengthen them and for cosmetic purposes.
The crowning procedure is conducted by our experienced dentists. It is a simple procedure, which is often completed in not more than two appointments. Crowns can also be used after one has had dental implants inserted.
How Do Crowns Work?
If you have ever worked with sewing thimbles, crowns work pretty much the same way, but on teeth. They fit onto the teeth the way sewing thimbles slide onto the fingertips. The crown caps the tooth and protects everything else that is beneath it. Crowns are permanently cemented onto the tooth and then act as the actual tooth while holding everything else intact underneath it.
Crowns can be made of ceramic, porcelain, silver, or gold. The material usually depends on how much you are willing to spend on a crown and how you want to appear. Porcelain and gold are the most expensive and long-lasting. Gold crowns are very attractive and durable. Porcelain is preferred because it is easy to match it with the natural color of the teeth.
Crowns are permanent and designed to be resilient. They can handle the pressure and trauma of chewing, just like your natural teeth. Crowns help by restoring the strength, shape, appearance, and functionality of your damaged tooth. Crowns also help in maintaining the overall shape of your jaw and bite. Fractured or decayed teeth create empty space, which might cause misalignment of the other teeth on the jaw if not dealt with in good time.
The Crowning Procedure
As mentioned earlier, the crowning procedure is completed in two appointments. The first appointment involves getting the tooth ready for the crown, while the second one involves attaching the crown. The damaged tooth has to be filed and shaped before the crown can be attached. In the cases of tooth decay, the decayed material has to be removed, and the tooth disinfected before crowning.
The procedure is conducted under local anesthesia to ensure you do not have to endure any pain or discomfort. Our dentist will use a dental drill and remove some of the enamel of the tooth and shape the tooth as a pin on which the crown will be attached. If the tooth volume is not enough to support a crown, an abutment might be added to it. An abutment is a small metal piece that acts as the anchor for crowns when one is getting dental implants.
Once the preparations are done, our dentist will take an impression of the prepared tooth and send it to a lab so that a crown of your choice can be manufactured. He/she will attach a temporary crown on the tooth. You will have to come back after a few days to get the permanent tooth. Call us at Woodcreek Dental at (805) 738-5566 today and talk to our team of experts. They will have all the answers about dental implants that you might be seeking.