A dental crown is a dental restoration that covers and encases a damaged or weakened tooth. At Oakland Smile Dental, it is a custom-made prosthetic device designed to restore the tooth's shape, size, strength, and appearance. Dental crowns are typically recommended when a tooth has extensive decay, fractures, cracks or has undergone root canal treatment. Crowns protect weakened or damaged teeth, preventing further decay, fractures, or damage. Crowns can be customized to match the color, shape, and size of the adjacent natural teeth, providing a natural and pleasing appearance.
The Procedure for Dental Crowns
The tooth receiving the crown is prepared by removing a portion of its outer structure. This ensures sufficient space for the crown to fit comfortably over the tooth. An impression or mold of the prepared tooth is taken to create a precise replica of the tooth and its surrounding structures. This impression is sent to a dental laboratory where the dental crown will be custom-made based on the patient's specific requirements.
While the permanent crown is being fabricated, a temporary crown is placed over the prepared tooth to protect it and maintain its appearance and function. Once the permanent crown is ready, the temporary crown is removed, and the permanent crown is carefully fitted and adjusted for optimal fit and bite. The dentist in Oakland, CA, will check the appearance and ensure the crown blends well with the surrounding teeth. Once satisfied with the fit and aesthetics, the crown is permanently bonded or cemented onto the prepared tooth using dental adhesive.
Uses of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns restore teeth with significant decay that cannot be effectively treated with dental fillings alone. The crown covers and protects the remaining tooth structure, preventing further decay and restoring the tooth's functionality.
Fractured or Cracked Teeth
Teeth that are fractured or cracked can be restored with dental crowns. The crown holds the tooth together, preventing further damage and providing strength and stability.
Misshapen or Discolored Teeth
Dental crowns can improve the appearance of misshapen or severely discolored teeth. Covering the natural tooth with a crown can alter the shape, size, and color to achieve a desirable aesthetic result.
Dental crowns can be used to improve the smile's overall appearance. They can correct teeth that are worn down, unevenly shaped, or have gaps between them, resulting in a more pleasant and attractive smile.
Dental crowns require proper oral hygiene practices, such as regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental visits, to maintain longevity and ensure the health of the underlying tooth and surrounding gum tissue. For more information, contact Oakland Smile Dental at 8105 Edgewater Dr., Suite 124, Oakland, CA 94621, or call (510) 924-7310.