What is a crown?
A crown is a cap that is custom made to be shaped just like your tooth. It can be used in many different cases.
Adults may utilize crowns for issues such as:
- A weak tooth that needs protection
- A broken or worn down tooth
- Holding a bridge in place
- Improving the look of misshaped teeth
- Covering an implant
- Supporting a tooth that has a large filling
Children can benefit from dental crowns for different reasons, such as:
- Restoring a tooth that is too damaged for a filling
- Protection for high risk of decay
What are crowns made of?
Crowns can be made out of different materials. Here are some common examples:
- Porcelain: Porcelain crowns provide the most natural appearance of the other types. They are the most aesthetically pleasing and are compatible with the surrounding teeth. At our office, we strive to offer biocompatible dentistry options.
- E-Max: E-Max crowns are made from lithium disilicate ceramic, a material that is known to be opaque and extremely durable. E-Max crowns are extremely strong and match the rest of the teeth very well.
- Metal: Metal crowns are made entirely out of metal, and they are a great choice for durability. They are less likely to break and do not cause wear on surrounding teeth. Additionally, less tooth grinding is necessary to fit the crown.
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM): Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns are a mix between metal and porcelain crowns. Metal forms the cap that fits directly over the tooth, while porcelain is used to create white, natural-looking surface. This type allows for an exact fit and combines the attractiveness of porcelain crowns with the durability of metal.
- Zirconia: Zirconia crowns are strong and resistant to chips and cracks. They look extremely natural next to other teeth and are highly translucent.
What to Expect When Getting a Dental Crown?
A digital x-ray will be taken first to get a better look at the tooth’s roots and any surrounding decay. In some cases of extensive decay or infection risk, more than a crown is needed.
A crown is applied over the course of two minimally invasive appointments at our dental office in Encino. First, the tooth and the surrounding area will be numbed, and our Encino dentistwill slightly shape the tooth in order to make room for the crown. An impression is made of the tooth and the surrounding area so that the crown is custom fitted. The crown is fabricated in one of our highly skilled laboratories.
At the next appointment, when the crown is ready, it is fitted and cemented in place permanently.
How do I care for crowns?
Caring for dental crowns is simple. You can eat and drink just as you did before. Your regular routine of brushing and flossing also stays the same. Be sure to take good care of your teeth and visit our office for regular professional cleanings and exams to ensure that your mouth stays healthy.
Contact our dental office in Encino today to find out if a crown could be beneficial for your oral health.