Dental Crown Treatment

A dental crown functions as a protective cap placed over a tooth. Following root canal treatment, the tooth's reduced size necessitates the placement of a crown to shield it. Furthermore, dental crowns are utilized in conjunction with dental implants to replicate natural teeth. Occasionally, dental crowns are employed to provide support to partially fractured or damaged teeth.

Our team of dentists boasts over two decades of experience in crafting dental crowns. For over 20 years, our clinic has harnessed the advanced technology of CEREC 3D same-day dental crowns.

Understanding Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are affixed atop teeth to safeguard them from further harm. They act as a protective barrier against external threats and endure the impact of activities like chewing and brushing.

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Dental crowns preserve the structural integrity of your oral cavity by shielding your teeth and gums against the adverse effects of tooth decay and gaps. When a tooth breaks or cavities form, the risk of food accumulation rises, making you more susceptible to infections. Dental crowns not only maintain your dental health but also enhance the appearance of discolored, fractured, or chipped teeth while upholding dental hygiene.

Applications of Dental Crowns

The primary purpose of a dental crown is to safeguard compromised or irregular teeth. They offer coverage and restoration in cases where a simple filling isn't adequate.

  1. Protecting a Worn or Damaged Tooth h
    In cases of tooth wear, chipping, or partial fractures, we recommend a crown to alleviate discomfort and restore the tooth's normal function. Customized crowns can reinstate full functionality.
  2. Covering Dental Implants
    A temporary ceramic crown is suggested to conceal a dental implant treatment site, aiding in tooth replacement and supporting artificial dentures.
  3. Anchoring Dental Bridges
    In instances where patients decline implants, crowns are placed on adjacent teeth to bridge the gap. Ceramic crowns secure the bridge.
  4. Enhancing Overall Dental Aesthetics
    To mask discolored teeth, color-matching porcelain or ceramic dental crowns are recommended for a natural appearance.
  5. Safeguarding Root Canal Treatments
    Following a root canal procedure, we advise placing a crown over the treated area to offer coverage and prevent infection.

Dental Crown Procedure

Typically, two dental appointments are required to prepare for a dental crown. In some instances, a dental crown can be produced in your dentist's office.

  1. Tooth Assessment
    The initial step involves assessing the tooth, which includes taking X-ray images and evaluating gum condition. Necessary treatment is recommended based on these evaluations.
  2. Tooth Shaping
    The dental team shapes the tooth's surface to ensure a proper fit for the crown, leaving no gaps.
  3. Tooth Impression
    For precise shaping, a paste is applied to the tooth to create an accurate impression. Our clinic also employs 3D scanning to capture tooth images. These records are sent to a lab to fabricate a customized crown.
  4. Temporary Crown Placement
    Since final crowns require 2 to 3 weeks to prepare, a temporary crown is placed to prevent decay. Cementing secures the temporary crown, and a follow-up appointment is scheduled.

Types Of Dental Crowns

The choice of crown varies based on individual preferences, such as visibility and color match. Different materials are used, considering factors like durability, strength, and cost.

  1. Stainless Steel
    Temporary solutions involve stainless steel crowns, as they provide interim coverage while the final crown is being fabricated. Pediatric usage is recommended as they accommodate natural tooth growth.
  2. Metals Crowns
    Metal crowns offer exceptional durability, withstanding strong biting forces. They are available in aluminum and gold alloys but come at a higher cost.
  3. Porcelain/ceramic
    Commonly used, porcelain and ceramic crowns may incorporate metal for added stability.
  4. Zirconia
    Combining aesthetics and strength, zirconia crowns provide the appearance of porcelain crowns along with metallic durability. These crowns can be crafted at our Bellevue Dentistry, minimizing waiting time.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

Are dental crowns painful?

No, dental crown treatment is typically painless. Local anesthesia ensures comfort during the procedure. Temporary sensitivity may arise after anesthesia wears off.

What are the costs associated with crowns?

Costs depend on material and procedure complexity. Gold crowns are pricier than porcelain or ceramic ones. Check with your insurance provider for coverage details.

How long do dental crowns last?

With proper care, dental crowns last 10-20 years on average. Effective hygiene practices and professional care contribute to their longevity.

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