Dental Crowns: A Complete Overview and Your Dental Health

A crown is often referred to as a cap and many people know it by this name. Crowns are used for a number of reasons, but the most common is as a restorative and cosmetic procedure. There are a number of different crown options and they are based on the type of material used to make them. In our La Habra office, a basic crown is considered to be a PFM or porcelain fused to metal crown. A PFM crown has a total of two layers. These two layers include one in porcelain and one in metal. Another option for a crown is simply just porcelain. You can also have metal options and gold is available. The highest standard of crowns is the Bruxzir and Zirconia options. These crowns have a single layer and are not made from metal.

The process of receiving a crown takes place over two dental visits. During the first visit, the tooth will be prepared to receive the crown and an impression of the tooth will be taken. Once the crown has been made, you will come in for a second visit to have it placed on the tooth.

Reasons Why You Need a Crown

Crowns are used for a number of different reasons and your reason may be different from another patient’s. It is important to understand the three main reasons crowns are used, so you can make sure you choose the best option for your dental care.

1. Restorative Purposes

Crowns are often used to restore a patient’s teeth, especially if they have been fracture, cracked, or broken. When the crown is placed over the damaged tooth, it will provide an extra layer of protection and will preserve the tooth, so extraction is not needed. Once a tooth is lost in your mouth, a dental implant or another replacement procedure must be used to prevent bone loss or a shift in your teeth. Crowns are also used when a tooth is worn down to a point of concern. Dental bridges also make use of crowns too.

2. Protective Purposes

Crowns are not always necessary, but in some cases, they are. For example, a crown is necessary when you have a root canal performed. The reason behind the need for the crown is so the tooth does not break or experience sensitivity. Sometimes a tooth that has a large filling will need a crown to help prevent any breakage that may occur. Since there is minimal natural tooth, substances such as ice or other hard foods can cause your tooth to fracture or break further.

3. Cosmetic Purposes

Crowns are used when it comes to cosmetic procedures such as covering up a tooth that is not shaped properly or one that is stained. One of the many benefits of choosing a crown for your cosmetic dental procedures is because the crown can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.

How is a Tooth Prepared for a Dental Crown?

A crown cannot simply be placed on top of your tooth without the tooth being prepared first. The process is not difficult and Dr. Cho can prep your tooth in just a day. The first step to shaping the tooth is to remove the outer layer of enamel and leave just the core of the tooth.

The amount of your tooth that is removed will be determined by Dr. Cho at the time of the procedure. Sometimes, more needs to be removed once the crown is placed on the tooth because the crown is smaller than the tooth or there is not enough room within your mouth.

Once your tooth is shaped, an impression will be taken of it and then sent to the lab to be constructed. Once the crown comes back to our office, we will call you in for an appointment. Once you come in, Dr. Cho will place the crown on your tooth and make sure the fit is right before it is cemented into place.

Many patients worry that the procedure is painful or it will cause discomfort, but it does not. Dr. Cho will administer a local anesthetic to help ensure you are not uncomfortable during the procedure.

How Long Will My Crown Last?

A crown cannot simply be placed on top of your tooth without the tooth being prepared first. The process is not difficult and Dr. Cho can prep your tooth in just a day. The first step to shaping the tooth is to remove the outer layer of enamel and leave just the core of the tooth.

The amount of your tooth that is removed will be determined by Dr. Cho at the time of the procedure. Sometimes, more needs to be removed once the crown is placed on the tooth because the crown is smaller than the tooth or there is not enough room within your mouth.

Once your tooth is shaped, an impression will be taken of it and then sent to the lab to be constructed. Once the crown comes back to our office, we will call you in for an appointment. Once you come in, Dr. Cho will place the crown on your tooth and make sure the fit is right before it is cemented into place.

Many patients worry that the procedure is painful or it will cause discomfort, but it does not. Dr. Cho will administer a local anesthetic to help ensure you are not uncomfortable during the procedure.

Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Cho Now

If you think you need a crown or you would like to discuss crowns with Dr. Cho, now is the time to contact our office. Crowns are ideal for patients who want to have restorative and cosmetic procedures performed. In addition, a crown can help save your tooth and prevent an extraction that would otherwise be needed.

If you are concerned about one of your crowns, Dr. Cho is prepared to see you in our La Habra office. The quicker you receive care for a loose crown, the better. Call our office now to schedule your appointment with Dr. Cho.

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