Why Tooth Crowns Save Decaying Teeth

Protect and keep badly decayed or fractured teeth.

Visit our Irvine dental office for our expert crown 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 online.

 

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.

Advantages of Crowning Your Teeth:

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.

Disadvantages of Crowning Teeth:

While crowns have few disadvantages, they will eventually need to be re-cemented or replaced due to normal wear.

Same-Day Crowns with the CEREC Omnicam and Milling Unit

Thanks to the CEREC Omnicam and milling unit, our 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.

Learn More about Dental Crowns

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