A dental crown can be required when a tooth has been seriously damaged, perhaps due to extreme decay, breakage, or serious cracks or fractures. If you have sustained this type of damage, then you are probably a candidate for a dental crown.
Dental crowns can also serve a more innocuous purpose – they can be used as a cosmetic treatment that will give you a Hollywood smile. So, how do you know if you could be a candidate for dental crowns? First, you have to know how they work.
The Function of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are full restorations that can correct a multitude of dental problems. Full crowns cover the tooth completely to give you the appearance and function of a brand new tooth. Partial crowns or dental onlays are chosen when a large part of the tooth, but not all surfaces, are affected. If you have teeth with really deep or large fillings, dental crowns can protect weak walls or corners from fracturing off. Even teeth with severe breakdown or deep decay can be saved with dental crowns.
Dental crowns are also used along with implants to replace missing teeth. A piece called an abutment is secured to the implant and then the crown is cemented to the abutment just as if it was a natural tooth.
Crowns are also used after root canal treatments to restore function and strength to what remains of the tooth.
And finally, you could be a candidate for dental crowns if you have serious dental imperfections and are considering cosmetic dentistry procedures to restore your smile. Many older crowns do not look natural and beautiful due to grey margins or porcelain that does not mimic a natural tooth. We can replace your old crowns with wonderful new materials and techniques to give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
Having a Crown Installed
If you are a candidate for a dental crown, a visit is scheduled to clean up your tooth and remove any damaged areas. An extremely accurate impression of your teeth is made, then a temporary crown is fabricated. Your temporary will look and feel much like the final crown. At Laurie T. Hanschu, DDS, we use an external dental laboratory to manufacture your crowns. We feel that the fit and esthetics of crowns are best when made by a master ceramist on a precision-made model of your teeth. We offer porcelain fused to metal crowns, e.max (lithium disilicate) crowns, Zirconia dental crowns, and even gold crowns. Dr. Laurie T. Hanschu will determine the best crown for your needs.
To find out more about restorative dentistry procedures, or to discuss the possibility that you are a candidate for dental crowns, contact us at Laurie T. Hanschu, DDS. Our dentist office is located at 6660 Coyle Ave #240 Carmichael, CA 95608. You can call us at 916-347-9764, or arrange an appointment by visiting our Contact Us page.