Dental crowns are one of the most common dental restorations used to address chipped, cracked, or decaying teeth. Expert general, cosmetic, and reconstructive dentists Jeff Yoshihara, DDS, and Colin Au, DDS, at Peninsula Dental Excellence in Mountain View, California, offer several types of dental crowns, including traditional crowns and CEREC same-day crowns. To make your appointment, call the office or book online today.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped covering used to protect a cracked, chipped, or decaying tooth from further damage. Once placed, a dental crown surrounds the entire portion of your tooth enamel that sits above the gumline.
Dental crowns are versatile and can correct a wide range of common oral health problems. Peninsula Dental Excellence might recommend a crown to:
Your provider might also recommend a dental crown to make a cosmetic modification.
Receiving a traditional dental crown usually takes two separate appointments. During your initial consultation, your provider conducts an oral exam and takes X-rays of your teeth. If you have an infected tooth or exposed tooth root, your provider might recommend a root canal before moving forward with treatment.
If your tooth is relatively healthy and there’s no infection, your provider administers a local anesthetic to numb your tooth roots and gums. Once the anesthesia sets in, your provider prepares your tooth to receive the crown, shaving off a thin layer of enamel on the top and sides.
Then, they take impressions of your tooth and send your impressions to a lab that manufactures your permanent crown.
A week or two later, your return to Peninsula Dental Excellence and your provider carefully bonds your permanent crown in place. You leave the office with a fully restored smile and a tooth that allows you to bite and chew confidently.
If you lead a busy lifestyle, Peninsula Dental Excellence also offers CEREC same-day crowns. Your provider creates CEREC crowns on-site using an advanced milling machine. This allows you to receive a new crown in one appointment instead of two or more spaced several weeks apart.
In addition to being quicker and more convenient, CEREC crowns are just as sturdy and long-lasting as traditional dental crowns.
With proper care, dental crowns can last 10-15 years. To keep your dental crowns in great shape, make sure to brush and floss regularly, visit the dentist every six months for a professional cleaning and exam, and avoid bad habits like nail-biting or chewing on ice cubes.
To learn more about the benefits of dental crowns, make an appointment at Peninsula Dental Excellence by calling the office or booking online today.