Dental crowns are used in cosmetic dentistry for a variety of purposes: to protect weak and decayed teeth from further breakage or decay, to restore broken or worn teeth to their natural appearance, to cover teeth with large fillings, to support dental bridges or as a replacement tooth over a dental implant.
There are several different types of crowns, which can be made from a variety of materials and even, in some cases, combinations of multiple materials. Which kind is best is usually determined by your dentist, and our dental and cosmetic specialists will consult with you on the best options for your restorative dental needs.
Various types of metals from stainless steel to gold alloy, palladium, nickel or other metal alloys are often used to create crowns. Stainless steel crowns are most often temporary solutions to protect a tooth while the permanent crown is being formed. Metal crowns overall are the sturdiest and longest lasting but do not look natural. Since everyone’s mouth is different, your dentist will be your best resource for finding the crown that best fits your needs.
The process of installing a traditional crown usually requires two visits and on occasion more visits to the dentist. On the first visit, your teeth and gums will be evaluated, and you will discuss your health with the dentist, who will advise you on the crowns available. The first crown related visit is when the tooth is prepared for the crown. The decay and structural damage are repaired and a temporary crown is placed with temporary cement in order to monitor the tooth. This allows the temporary crown to be removed easily as needed to check on the tooth. A couple of weeks later the final crown is delivered and affixed with a stronger cement or bonding agent. Some teeth are candidates for single visit crowns, where the crown can be prepared and delivered all in one day. This can be performed with CAD CAM Technology such as Cerec. On the cutting edge of dental technology, our staff makes this procedure quick and easy for any patient. For more information, call the Avery Ranch offices or request an appointment online.
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