A dentist’s ultimate aim is to protect natural teeth. Even when teeth are severely decayed or damaged, the dentist does everything to restore it using dental materials. Dental crowns have played a key role in restorative dentistry for many decades now. The developments in new technology have introduced some fascinating crowns in recent times which look very natural and can bear stress to a great extent. The crowns are used as caps to protect weak teeth and provide functional support. At Montclair Dental Office, our dentists have been restoring healthy smiles for patients who visit us with a number of teeth problems. Our dental crowns in Montclair, CA have been very effective in improving oral health of many of our patients from different parts of the city.
There are several instances where a dental crown may be required. They can be fixed over dental implants to replace lost teeth, or used as a cap over weak or decayed tooth. They can also be used to protect a tooth with a large filling.
When a tooth is severely decayed, the dentist removes the decayed part and restores it using core build up materials. Since a tooth, which is badly decayed, is not strong enough to sustain on its own, a dental crown is used to protect it and provide it functional support. The dentist does this to prevent the tooth from falling out which is highly undesirable.
A dental crown is made of metal, porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The crown is fabricated in the lab based on impressions taken in the dental practice. The choice of a particular type of crown depends on the tooth which needs to be restored. Porcelain crowns are increasingly gaining popularity because the recent developments have increased the load bearing ability of the crowns that are available on the market today.
Restoring weak tooth using a dental crown is a step-by-step process. The dentist firstly removes the decayed part of the tooth and restores it using appropriate filling materials. A small portion of the enamel layer of the tooth may have to be removed in order to makes space for the placement of the crown. This is performed with the help of local anesthesia. The dentist then takes impressions of the prepared tooth and creates a temporary crown in the office. About 10 business days may be required for the fabrication of permanent crown in the lab. During the next visit, the dentist removes temporary crown and cleans the tooth. The dentist then checks the fit of the permanent crown before cementing it over natural tooth. Our team makes sure to provide necessary guidance to patients on taking care of the crown to ensure longer life.