Why Tooth Crowns Save Decaying Teeth

Protect and keep badly decayed or fractured teeth.

Patients interested in dental crowns can visit our Irvine dental office for expert treatment. A crown may be needed to protect and keep badly decayed or fractured teeth. Read on to learn more about what to expect, and call us at 949-748-7373 or schedule a consultation at our office in Irvine to learn more about dental crown treatment.

Dental Crowns Irvine Before & After

Serene Dental Center Patient before & after Crowns

Situations that May Need Crowns to Fix

  • Badly decaying teeth
  • Cracked, fractured teeth
  • Protection needed for damaged teeth from further destruction

Applying a Crown to Your Teeth:

A dental crown or “cap” covers the tooth while restoring the tooth to original shape and size. Decay is first removed from the tooth before a mold is made of the prepared surface. This mold or “impression” creates a model of the tooth and surrounding area, which is then sent to a special laboratory for creation of the crown. When the crown returns from the lab, it is applied to the prepared surface in the mouth.

What are the Benefits of Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are made to restore the shape and size of the teeth, back to its natural state. Crowns are also placed on teeth to prevent the tooth from farther fracturing due to excessive tooth structure loss.  With the right material, crowns can look and feel like a natural tooth.   With proper brushing, flossing and hygiene appointments crowns can last 10 to 15 years on the average.

Catching the tooth decay early also greatly increases the chances of successful crowning.

Patient Before & After Dental Crown Treatment in Irvine

Serene Dental Center Patient before & after Crowns

Disadvantages of Crowning Teeth:

While crowns have few disadvantages, they will eventually need to be re-cemented or replaced due to normal wear. Normally, crowns are made to replace teeth that have been damaged and/or are decaying. If patients need to have a tooth replaced, a dental implant would be a better solution.

Same-Day Crowns in Irvine with CEREC Omnicam & Milling Unit

Thanks to the CEREC Omnicam and milling unit, our expert dentists can create top-quality crowns in a single visit. This eliminates the need for multiple time-consuming appointments, ill-fitting temporary restorations and outsourcing the work to a dental laboratory. Patients love the speed and ease of the CEREC treatment process, and they enjoy long-lasting, beautiful results.

The first step to create a beautiful, customized dental crown is to use the CEREC Omnicam camera to take digital intraoral scans and capture data about the affected tooth and the rest of the mouth. We simply pass the pen-like device through the patient’s mouth, as it captures millions of data points. This process is not invasive or uncomfortable for the patient, and it is very fast. Once we have obtained the necessary information with the Omnicam, we can use it to plan out the customized crown.

After solidifying the design of the restoration, the CEREC milling machine fabricates it from a block of high-grade ceramic. Some of the ceramic that we use has a chameleon effect, meaning that once it is placed in the mouth, it takes on the color of the adjacent teeth. No matter the type of ceramic we use, the crown should be virtually indistinguishable from the surrounding natural teeth.

Once we have positioned the crown over the affected tooth and checked it against the bite, we can make last-minute adjustments as needed. CEREC crowns are strong, durable and can last for many years with the proper care and attention.

Do Dental Crowns Need to be Replaced?

Dental crowns are made of highly durable material that’s long lasting. They may at some point need to be replaced. The most common reason to replace a crown is due to new decay within the region of the crown. Though crowns cannot experience discoloration, it is strongly recommended that patients brush and floss dental crowns like normal teeth. This will help prevent from needing replacement crowns in the future.

Learn More about Dental Crowns

For more information about getting dental crowns in Irvine, please call or email Serene Dental Center today.