Dental Crown Uses
By J. Brent Gorrell on November 02, 2011
If you have a serious dental problem, there are many different dental care solutions to meet your needs. When you visit our Mountain View cosmetic dentistry center for a consultation, we’ll be sure to perform a full assessment of your dental health and determine what would be the best possible dental care treatment to meet your needs.
About Dental Crowns
One good dental treatment for serious dental problems is dental crowns. Dental crowns are specially made caps for the teeth that are used for both dental health and aesthetic purposes. The crowns will essentially prevent the tooth from decaying further or experiencing further damage, reduce any pain or sensitivity linked to the tooth damage, and restore the appearance of the tooth overall.
Mountain View cosmetic dentist Dr. J. Brent Gorrell will determine if you are a good candidate for treatment with dental crowns during the consultation.
The Dental Crowns Procedure
During the dental crowns procedure, the damaged or decayed tooth material is removed. Next, a digital impression is taken of the tooth using CEREC® 3D dental technology. This digital impression will be used to help craft the dental crown on site during your visit. Once the crown is milled and crafted, it is then adhered in place. Final adjustments are made to ensure the best possible fit.
In the past, the dental crown would need to be fashioned at an off-site dental lab, which required separate visits to the practice roughly two weeks apart, but thanks to the CEREC® machine, you will only need to visit the practice once for your dental restoration.
Dental Crowns for Tooth Decay
If you have severely decayed teeth or teeth that are seriously damaged, dental crowns are ideal for dealing with that severe decay. Mountain View dental crowns are usually used as a last resort, however, since more conservative approached to restorative dentistry are generally preferred. Should dental crowns be used, they will be quite effective, however.
Dental Crowns as Tooth Replacements
If you are missing one tooth or multiple teeth, you may be eligible for dental implants. These are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into your jawbone and gum tissue. When in place, they are ideal for holding dental crowns securely as if they were natural teeth.
Alternatives to Dental Crowns
We mentioned above that dental crowns for tooth decay and tooth damage tend to be last resorts when a tooth can still be saved. Other treatment options for dental damage and decay include dental fillings, inlays, onlays, and porcelain veneers. The exact treatment that will be used on you will depend on a variety of factors depending on the condition of the tooth and the extent of the damage.
When it comes to replacing missing teeth with dental implants, sometimes the use of a dental bridge or denture is preferable to an individual dental crown. Again, this will be assessed on a patient by patient basis depending on numerous factors.
Schedule a Consultation at Our Dental Care Facility
If you would like to learn more about dental crowns and how they can be used to improve and enhance your smile, be sure to contact our Mountain View cosmetic dentistry center today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person to discuss these matters in more detail.
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