What They’re Made Of (And Why You Might Need One)
The placement of a dental crown is an extremely common procedure. Advanced dental crowns are used to treat issues like tooth decay, to restore damaged or chipped teeth, or even to restore a missing tooth, in combination with a dental implant.
Got questions about dental crowns? Carmel Mountain Dental Care has answers! Take a look at these frequently asked questions below.
What Is A Dental Crown?
A dental crown is an oral appliance that’s meant to cap and seal the original tooth. This is done both to improve the appearance of a tooth, and to protect a weakened, recently-infected, or otherwise damaged tooth from further destruction.
Why Might I Need A Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are used in a wide variety of procedures. Today, dental crowns are used to treat both structural and cosmetic defects. They can be used to:
- Repair damaged or cracked teeth
- Protect a weakened tooth (due to gum disease or tooth decay)
- Replace an old, large filling
- Repair teeth affected by severe tooth decay and severe cavities
- Cap a root canal
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- Cover misshapen or stained teeth
- Replace a missing tooth (along with a dental implant)
Typically, dental crowns are used when fillings are not enough to protect or repair a damaged tooth.
What Are Dental Crowns Made Of?
Dental crowns can be made of a wide variety of materials. Metal crowns are made of gold and/or sometimes stainless steel. Presently, metal dental crowns have largely fallen out of favor. This is due to their unnatural appearance as compared to modern crowns that are crafted from porcelain or zirconia, which exhibit a more life-like appearance.
Modern crowns are typically crafted from high-quality ceramic or porcelain. Using CEREC technology, a crown can be manufactured within 30 minutes at Carmel Mountain Dental Care, providing our patients with a smooth, single-appointment crown installation experience.
Why Should I Get A Dental Crown?
Dental crowns have a variety of benefits that make them a great solution for damaged or misshapen teeth. Here are just a few of them:
- Protects damaged teeth – Unlike a filling, crowns cover the entire affected tooth. This makes them a better choice for sensitive, damaged teeth.
- Better structural integrity, as compared to large fillings – When treating a severe cavity, a large filling that takes up more than ⅔ of the tooth’s area can compromise the structural integrity of the tooth. Crowns help strengthen the existing tooth enamel, and prevent damage due to a large filling.
- Natural appearance and functionality – A CEREC crown from Carmel Mountain Dental Care is indistinguishable from your original tooth, providing a beautiful, natural tooth restoration.
Of course, dental crowns aren’t perfect. There are a couple minor disadvantages that some patients may experience.
- Requires multiple appointments – Traditional, lab-made crowns may require up to 3 appointments to be crafted and placed. However, at Carmel Mountain Dental Care, we use CEREC Technology to provide same-day crown placement!
- Can be expensive – Crowns are more expensive than fillings. However, they are more effective in many cases, and tend to last longer, so this drawback is minor.
- Will not last forever – Crowns can still chip, break, or get new cavities at the seam of the crown to the tooth. When this happens, it is time to replace your crown. A typical crown needs replacement every 10-15 years.
Need A Crown In Carmel Mountain Ranch Or Rancho Bernardo? Contact Carmel Mountain Dental Care Today!
If you think you need a dental crown in 4S Ranch, Del Sur or Carmel Valley, Carmel Mountain Dental Care is one of the best choices in the area. At our patient-focused office, Dr. H. Jonathan Lee and Dr. Marie Ann Moeckel specialize in using CEREC technology to provide same-day crowns. With our professional service and expert patient care, you’ll be safe and comfortable throughout your entire procedure. Call us at (858) 484-4880 to schedule your appointment, or visit our offices at 9310 Carmel Mountain Rd Ste. A, San Diego, CA 92129.