What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are essentially caps for damaged teeth that repair chipped, fractured, or severely decayed teeth. Dentists fix these crowns to your damaged teeth to cover exposed nerve fibers, protecting them from the elements and bacterial infections. Crowns are mostly made of biocompatible materials like stainless steel, porcelain-fused-to-metal, resin, chromium, and palladium. Some crowns are also made of gold or nickel.
Are you in Escondido, San Marcos, Valley Center, or Rancho Bernardo and looking for a dental practice that offers high-quality dental crowns? Contact Douglas G. Hope DDS, FAGD to get started.
What Dental Issues Do Dental Crowns Resolve?
Most dentists recommend crowns for restoring teeth damaged from physical impact, excessive decay, or severe bruxism that leads to cracks. Some patients may also require crowns following a root canal.
Dental crowns, specifically porcelain and resin crowns, can also be used for cosmetic reasons to restore damaged or discolored teeth to their normal appearance.
Step 1: Initial Examination and Preparation
The dentist will conduct a series of tests and examinations to determine whether you’re a good candidate for dental crowns. If so, they’ll remove the damaged or decayed portions of the tooth to make room for the dental crown. Sometimes the preparation may involve restructuring the tooth with dental filling to create a solid base for the dental crown.
Step 2: Impressions
The next step involves taking impressions of your teeth. The dentist will either use a mold, or a digital scanner to do so. For the former, the dentist plasters the mold on the affected teeth, creating an impression. Digital scanners are much easier and more accurate, creating a virtual 3D render of your oral cavity.
Step 3: Temporary Crown and Fabrication
With the 3D render and mold in place, the dentist will then fit a temporary crown on your mouth. These crowns are made from acrylic or temporary dental cement and fit right into your mouth but are nowhere near as strong as permanent crowns. You’ll have to wear these crowns while you await the fabrication of your custom crowns.
Step 4: Crown Placement
Ordinarily, it takes between two days to two weeks to fabricate your crowns, after which the Escondido dentist will schedule an appointment for the final fitting. The process involves removing the temporary crown and replacing it with the permanent one. However, here at Douglas G. Hope DDS, we use CEREC technology which allows us to create beautiful, high quality dental crowns in as little as one day!
Benefits of CEREC Same-Day Crowns
CEREC same-day crowns as the name implies, are a type of crown that is fitted within the same day. These crowns are much better than traditional crowns because they’re faster and a lot more convenient. While regular crowns can take two weeks to fit, CEREC crowns are fitted within two hours.
CEREC crowns also eliminate the need for temporary crowns that are sometimes uncomfortable. They also perfectly fit the patient’s teeth going to the computer-aided technology that designs the crown precisely to your teeth’s specifications.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
CEREC crowns are long-lasting, lasting about 15 years with proper care.
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