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.

Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Crowns

What are the advantages of dental crowns?

Dental crowns recreate the appearance of an attractive, healthy tooth. Crafted from lifelike materials, they blend in with the surrounding teeth. They are strong enough to withstand the normal forces of chewing and biting. Crowns are also very durable and protect the tooth from sustaining additional damage. They can last for many years with the proper care and professional follow-up.

Who is a good candidate for a dental crown?

Generally, dental crowns are a good option for individuals with significant tooth decay or damage, yet enough remaining tooth structure to anchor the crown. If there is not sufficient tooth structure, other options may need to be explored. Irvine patients can see if they are a candidate by visiting our doctors today.

What reasons would someone have for needing a crown?

Someone may require a dental crown if they:

  • Have dental decay or damage that is too large for a filling
  • Have an extremely worn tooth
  • Need a tooth restored after a root canal
  • Need to anchor a dental bridge
  • Need to cover a dental implant post

What materials are used to construct dental crowns?

Dental crowns can be fabricated using metal (e.g., gold), porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or Zirconia,. Each type of material has its own set of pros and cons.

For example, porcelain crowns offer the best cosmetic result, although they may be brittle or fracture easily under the forces of tooth grinding or clenching. Gold crowns are very strong and long-lasting, but are visibly different from natural teeth. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are a good compromise, although the dark metal edges may be visible at the gumline. Zirconia crowns provide esthetic results with excellent strength for heavy grinding.

The type of material used to construct your crown depends on many factors, including the location of the tooth that needs to be restored, whether you grind or clench, and any allergies or sensitivities you may have.

Will I need a root canal when I get a crown?

Some crowned teeth require root canal therapy and others do not. The two treatments are not mutually exclusive.

The treatment protocol depends on the extent of the damage. A root canal is performed when the soft tissue inside the tooth (the pulp) becomes infected. This can happen in cases of deep cavities that reach the pulp. In these cases, the dental pulp is removed, the inside of the tooth is disinfected and filled with a special material and a crown is placed over the tooth to protect it.

Simply placing a crown over a tooth that is badly cracked or broken does not require a root canal. But the damage or decay that leads to the need for a crown may also require a root canal.

How long are crowns expected to last?

Some crowns last for many years, and others only for a few. There are various factors that influence the lifespan of a crown, including the material from which the crown is crafted, the condition of the tooth that is crowned, and dental hygiene habits. In general, crowns can last anywhere from five to 15 years.

Learn More about Dental Crowns

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