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Dental Crowns


At Davis Dental Practice, we take great pride in providing you with optimal oral care. When your teeth are damaged, they need to be fixed. Severe damage often warrants extraction, but then you are left dealing with other issues. As an alternative to this measure, we offer dental crowns. Dental crowns are tooth-shaped “caps” that are meant to cover severely damaged teeth. Crowns cover the entire visible portion of the tooth, acting as a support, lending the tooth strength to prevent it from completely shattering apart. They also seal out bacteria, which might otherwise lead to serious infections.



Crowns Materials


There are several different materials that crowns can be made from, and each type offers their own advantages:
•  Metal. Metal crowns, which are frequently made from metal alloys, are often the strongest crowns. However, metal is the most noticeable material, as it is silver. It is also not suitable for patients with allergies to metal
•  Porcelain fused to metal. Porcelain fused to metal is a metal crown with porcelain on the outside, which allows for a better match to the color of your teeth. It doesn’t blend in perfectly, though, as a metal line is visible through the porcelain
•  Resin. Resin crowns are the least expensive option, and they match the rest of your teeth. Resin is a weak material, though, making it more susceptible to damage and the choice with the shortest lifespan
•  Ceramic. The most popular choice for crowns is ceramic. Ceramic blends perfectly with the rest of your teeth with the use of a color guide. They are also relatively strong, able to withstand everyday normal chewing forces

Reasons for a Crown


Crowns can be used to fix several dental issues:
•  Strengthening a weak tooth and preventing infection
•  Keeping your tooth intact and in the jawbone, rather than extracting it. Extraction would otherwise mean jaw deterioration and the need for a replacement
•  Covering a tooth that has a large filling (large fillings compromise the remaining part of the tooth)
•  Covering a misshapen or discolored tooth
•  Covering a screw on a dental implant
•  Securing a bridge in place
•  Covering a tooth and protecting it after a root canal procedure

Dental Crown Procedure


If you do indeed need a dental crown, the procedure will usually take two visits. During the first visit, you will receive a local anesthetic and we will prepare the tooth. This process involves trimming or shaving the tooth down in order for the crown to fit comfortably and naturally in place. Our doctors will proceed to take an impression of your teeth as well as use a color guide to determine the best shade for the crown. The impression and the color information are sent to a lab, where the crown will be produced. Until it is ready, which takes between one to three weeks, you will be provided with a temporary crown, which helps protect your tooth while you wait. During the second visit, the crown will be checked for fit and color and then cemented in place. Once finished, you can go about your life as usual.

Care for Crowns


Caring for crowns is no different than caring for the rest of your teeth. You must continue to brush and floss your teeth as normal. You should, however, avoid biting and chewing on hard substances—such as hard candies, ice, or fingernails—as this can cause the ceramic to chip. And it is important that you visit the office regularly for cleanings and exams, where we can help you to maintain the health of your teeth and check the condition of the crown.

If you have a severely damaged tooth, or are in need of a root canal, a dental crown will help to keep your tooth intact and safe from harm. Give us a call today at (530) 349-1949 for more information.
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