Dental Crowns

Union City, CA Dentist

Over time, our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks or discoloration. Crowns are used to renew the appearance and function of a tooth. Crowns are not limited to just replacing the original tooth, but can be designed to create an even better aesthetic appearance.

Other reasons for needing a dental crown include:

  • To protect a weak tooth from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth.
  • To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left.
  • To cover severely discolored teeth.
  • To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down.

Also, they are often used in conjunction with root canal therapy, dental implants or as an anchor for a bridge.

Crowns are typically made from porcelain in order to maintain strength and a natural appearance. The process of placing a crown takes 1 visit with Cerec.

The procedure of receiving a crown at our office is as follows:

Same Day One Visit Permanent Crown With Cerec

  1. X-rays will be taken to check the roots of the tooth receiving the crown. If the tooth has extensive decay or there is a risk of infection, a root canal treatment may be performed first.
  2. Anesthesia is used to numb the area to eliminate pain. The tooth that is receiving the crown will be shaped to make room for the crown.
  3. Our dentist will make a digital impression of the tooth with the Cerec. The dentist and dental assistant will then design the crown on the Cerec and will choose a custom shade for the crown.  The design is then sent to our milling unit to fabricate the permanent crown.
  4. The crown will be tried in to verify fit and color match.  If needed a custom stain will be added to the crown to have an accurate shade match.
  5. If the permanent crown is acceptable, the crown will be cemented permanently.

Crowns are made from porcelain in order to maintain strength and a natural appearance. Once treatment is complete, continue to practice proper at home care and keep regular office visits to help your crown last many years.  Much like your original teeth, crowns require routine brushing and flossing.

For more information on dental crowns, contact our dentist.