Crown restoration is the most common of dental restorative procedures with a significant role in oral health. Most people are intimidated about dental crowns due to their lack of understanding.
The doctors and the oral healthcare professionals at Berkeley Smiles, located near you in Berkeley, want to educate their patients, current and new, on the need and the function of dental crowns.
A crown is a fixed prosthetic permanently cemented onto a tooth that has been cracked or too damaged by decay to support a filling. Crowns can extend into the gumline to the root, but usually replace the outer “crown” part of a natural tooth.
Crowns are custom made to fit over each tooth to fully encase the tooth. Crowns can be made of ceramic, porcelain-and-metal, resin or gold.
In essence, crowns support or replace the function of a tooth that can no longer perform on its own. Crowns protect a cracked tooth from further damage or support a tooth with a large filling.
Crowns replace the top of a tooth and, once cemented in place, become a part of the tooth. The crown protects the remainder of the natural tooth underneath and is designed to function like a natural tooth.
The dentist will numb the tooth and the surrounding gum tissue before removing the tooth’s outer surfaces at the top and on the sides. There needs to be ample room for the crown to be placed. In cases where there is not enough of the natural tooth left for a solid foundation for the crown, the dentist will add a build-up for the crown.
The crown is fabricated in a dental lab from the impressions and the digital scans of the natural tooth. Between the time the dentist sends the scans and the impressions to the lab and the permanent crown is delivered to the dental office, usually 2-3 weeks, the patient is fitted with a temporary crown.
In addition to restoring the functionality of a damaged tooth, a crown also maintains the structural integrity of the mouth and the bite. The gap created by a damaged tooth will cause problems with the bite when the surrounding teeth begin to migrate into the gap.
If you would like a consultation regarding the benefits and the functions of dental crowns in Berkeley, CA, then please contact the oral healthcare professionals at Berkeley Smiles, located in Berkeley, where new patients are always welcome. While dental crowns are not the solution for every tooth restoration, a crown may be the solution for you.
Berkeley Smiles is trusted and highly recommended for the placement of dental crowns, as well as other treatments and procedures of general and restorative dentistry.