If you have a tooth that’s badly damaged, you might think it needs to come out. However, it’s likely that dental crowns can save your tooth. Not only can they support and protect the damaged tooth, they can restore its beauty, too, thanks to modern advanced ceramics.
If you have a badly damaged tooth that you think needs a dental crown, or if you’re looking to replace an old metal crown with a new ceramic one, please call 760-967-8899 or email Deluxe Dental today for an appointment with an Oceanside cosmetic dentist at Deluxe Dental.
What Dental Crowns Can Do
Dental crowns are powerful, versatile dental restorations. We use them in many situations, including:
- Badly decayed teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Large fillings that have failed
- Worn or small teeth
- Reshaping teeth
- Whitening discolored teeth
- Protecting a tooth after root canal therapy
- Supporting a dental bridge
- Topping a dental implant
While fillings and inlays or onlays can work for small cavities, a tooth that is badly decayed, cracked, or broken need the protection and support of a dental crown. In fact, when large fillings fail, we often turn to dental crowns next.
Dental crowns can also be used for cosmetic purposes. They can basically do everything veneers can–but because they are more substantial, we only use them when veneers might not be up for the challenge.
We also use dental crowns to protect a tooth treated with root canal therapy. And if you’ve lost a tooth, a dental crown can support a dental bridge or top an implant.
The Dental Crown Procedure
When we evaluate your tooth for a dental crown, we will decide if the tooth also needs root canal therapy or potentially needs extraction. Then we will prepare the tooth for the crown by removing damaged enamel and dentin (the layer of your tooth under the white exterior). We have to remove enough to make room for the crown, too, which is why we will use inlays and onlays if a crown is not necessary.
Then we’ll take a digital impression of your tooth with our digital scanner, so you don’t have to bite down into a tray.
We then have options. We can send this impression to the dental lab and fit you with a temporary crown. It takes the lab a week or two to make a new crown. You will need a second appointment.
Or we can use CEREC to craft your crown at our office. We design a crown on the computer, then send the instructions to a small mill, which follows the instructions to create your crown that day!
When your final crown is ready, we will check it for fit and appearance. If it’s good, we will cement it in place.