What is a dental crowns?
Dental crowns are fixed prosthetic devices cemented into existing teeth or implants by a dentist. These are often used to protect the damaged tooth or to cover the implant. Crowns completely encapsulate the visible part above the gum. We are happy to provide the best cosmetic dentistry treatments including these high-quality, longer lasting, and extremely durable dental caps. If you have a damaged cap, our skilled experts will be able to make one for you. Dr. Ayzin DDS in Costa Mesa, CA can easily place a tooth colored crown that lasts for years.
Types of crown (Tooth cap)
We offer three different types:
- All-Metal – These types of crowns are made entirely of alloy material. With such material, it possesses excellent strength but lacks aesthetics. Therefore, all-metal crowns are rarely used and are reserved mostly for posterior application which are not commonly visible.
- All-Porcelain – These look best as it is made from ceramic material that matches the color of the patient’s tooth. Porcelain caps are perfect for patients who are extremely conscious about how they look like when they smile.
- Metal-Ceramic – These types combine the strength of alloy, and the looks of porcelain caps. The framework is made from metallic alloys for strength and durability, and a layer of porcelain for a more natural look. Dentistry At Its Finest also have various types available and each has its intended duration of use.
- Permanent – Normally, these are used for restoring a crooked or chipped tooth to its natural appearance permanently. These are cemented into place using a dental cement. Only dentists are able to remove it when necessary.
Benefits and purpose of crown
Dental crowns are used not just for cosmetic, but for restorative purposes as well. Below are some reasons you might need a crown:
- Protect the weak enamel – The tooth enamel is located at the outermost layer of the tooth and it is the one that is constantly attacked by bacteria. When bacteria forms plaque, it can lead to cavities which can cause tooth decay in the future. If there isn’t enough tooth enamel, the teeth may be prone to cracks, damage, and a decay. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste can help, but sometimes this isn’t enough. If the enamel is too thin to offer protection to the tooth, then you may need a crown to cover it and prevent it from eroding further.
- Support decayed teeth – Crowns can be used to a tooth that has too much decay that it can no longer be saved. Drilling away the decayed part can lead to cracks and further decay; thus, covering it with a crown can prevent the decay from getting worse.
- Tooth Replacement – When you lost a tooth, the most ideal treatment would be a dental implant. The metal screw of the implant is inserted in your jawbone that acts as roots of the tooth then a crown will be placed on top of it which makes it look like a natural tooth.
- To Anchor Dental Bridge – A dental bridge works like a false tooth that sits above the gumline. Compared to implant that requires to be inserted in the jawbone, bridges are anchored to the neighboring teeth which puts a lot of strain on these teeth. Covering the bridge with a crown will provide the strength and rigidity it needs and will have a better anchoring surface.
- Restore Chipped Tooth – Dental crowns can cover a chipped, discolored, or oddly-shaped tooth. It is the safest permanent option to improve the look of your tooth. Crowns also offer strength and rigidity to the tooth. See the cost of dental crown to compare with other treatment option costs.
- Weakness – If the tooth is cracked, chipper or it cannot be treated with inlays and only, it can be saved with this treatment.
- Following a Root Canal Treatment – After a root canal treatment, the tooth may become brittle that it can get damaged by simply chewing food. That is why a dental crown is placed on top of the treated tooth to strengthen and protect it.
- Heavily Fillings – If one has been restored using large dental composite and only a little of the original tooth remains, the dental composite will get damaged easily. Therefore, a dental cap will be needed.
- Aesthetics – A badly shaped, or cracked tooth can be restored by putting a crown over it.
- Masking Permanent Stains – When there is discoloration, it can easily be covered with a crown. Another alternative treatment for this are dental veneers.
- Longevity – Dental crowns last longer and it rarely, ever, falls off.
Crown placement procedure
Preparation for dental crowns will take up to two dental appointments. The first appointment is diagnosis, and manufacturing of the crown. The second appointment is the placement of the crown. Here’s how it is performed:
- During your first visit, your dentist will take x-rays of the teeth so they can give an idea about the condition of your teeth by checking the roots of the tooth and its surrounding bones. If there is extensive decay, infection, or injury to the tooth pulp, your dentist will perform endodontics therapy first. If there is enough tooth material and it can be saved, your dentist will remove the decayed part and perform a crownlay. Crownlay is a hybrid type of crown that combines crowns and onlay to save the tooth.
- The gum tissues and tooth will be numbed using anesthesia so you won’t feel pain when the dentist performs the treatment.
- Tooth preparation starts by removing the outside layer of the tooth to ensure the crowns fit properly. If the tooth has a large part that is decayed or damaged, dentists will use a filling material to restore the structure of the tooth and to support the crown.
- You dentist will make a dental impression of the prepared tooth using a putty or paste. Modern CAD/CAM dentistry will scan the teeth and make impressions of it. The impressions of the teeth will make sure that the crowns won’t affect your bite. The impression is sent to the laboratory to be manufactured. You will then be required to wear a temporary crown until your permanent crown is finished. The manufacturing of the crown will take from two to three weeks.
On your next appointment, your dentist will remove the temporary crown then check the fit and color of the permanent crown. If the crowns match, your dentist will inject anesthesia to numb the tooth and safely apply cement to place the new crown to it.
Teeth Crown: Aftercare
After your crown has been placed in your teeth, you need to watch what you are eating. Do not consume foods for the first hour after the treatment, and avoid eating hard sticky foods for a few hours. You can resume your normal oral hygiene as instructed by your specialist. Brushing and flossing the teeth can be performed immediately after the procedure.
Dental crown cost
These restorative caps can vary in price and are based on the material being used and other services needed such as crown lengthening. Since it is both a cosmetic and practical addition to your mouth, the cost for this treatment is more than worth it. Therefore, if you are spending money on this treatment, then make sure to spend it wisely. If you are considering dental crowns, our office provides a variety of financing options.
How much is a porcelain crown?
Porcelain crowns typically cost between $800 - $3,000 per tooth. These can be affordable as Dental insurance does help pay for Crowns.
Lifespan and repair
Compared to a dental veneer, a crown can last for more than seven year with proper care and maintenance. Some crowns can even last a lifetime. However, there is a possibility that the dental cement will dissolve, and make the crowns loose. When this happens, the crowns ultimately come off but you shouldn’t attempt to put it back on as it can hold traces of cement inside the crown which can damage the tooth. A porcelain crown may also crack and will need to be fused. A dental lab will be able to repair a damaged crown. If you have a damaged crown, we’ll get it repaired for you. If it is severely damaged, and repair is not possible, we’ll provide a new crown for you.
Costa Mesa, Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are an excellent option to restore your oral health and repair damaged teeth. Schedule an appointment with us and we’ll help you find the best solution for your Dental Crown California. Our caring specialists will ensure that your questions are answered and that you are confident in your decision.
Dental Crown FAQ
How long do dental crowns last?
Dental crowns can last for 15 years on average. High quality dental crowns can last for 25 years or more with proper maintenance. Dentistry At Its Finest produces high quality crowns.
Is it painful to have a crown put on your tooth?
No, patients shouldn’t feel any pain since a local anesthetic will be provided before the start of the procedure. Dr. Michael Ayzin, DDS will administer the anesthetic before filling the cavity or placing the crown. Expect to feel some soreness or discomfort when the anesthesia wears off.
Can your teeth rot under a crown?
Yes. It is possible that the tooth will rot under a crown particularly if the patient is not practicing proper oral hygiene. Although dental crowns can protect a weak tooth, if bacteria is allowed to grow under it, the bacteria can turn into plaque and will eventually cause tooth decay and gingivitis. Patients who don’t visit the dentist as recommended may not even notice this until they feel pain. Learn more about dental crowns by visiting Dentistry At Its Finest office.
How is the crown fitted on the tooth?
The outside layer of your tooth will be trimmed off to ensure that crowns fit properly. If there is a large area of the tooth that is missing due to decay or damage, the filling material will be used to provide enough support for the crown.
Why does it smell under my crown?
If there is odor emitting underneath the dental crown, it is usually caused by bacterial growth or infection. This can happen due to a failed root canal treatment or when the crown doesn’t fit properly.
Which tooth crown is best?
Permanent dental crowns are made from various materials and each has its pros and cons. Pressed ceramic crowns for example are capped with porcelain and provide excellent color matching properties, are strong, and very durable. This makes it last longer than other types of crowns.
Why is my tooth black under my crown?
When the tooth is black under the crown, it can be due to various reasons. For example, if the patient has Porcelain Fused to Metal (PFM) crown, the metal part may be showing. It can also be due to the foods and drinks that can cause stain to the teeth. The most common reason is tooth decay after the bacteria has compromised the crown. If tooth decay under the crown occurs, the crown will need to be replaced.
Can food get stuck under a crown?
Yes. If the dental crown doesn’t fit snugly, it will create a space where bacteria can thrive. This could lead to gingivitis and tooth decay.
Why does my crown smell when I floss?
This can occur when there are food particles trapped between the crown and the gum which is usually because of an ill-fitting crown. It could also indicate infection or bacteria growth.
Can an xray show decay under a crown?
Yes. An x-ray will be able to detect decay under a crown, although sometimes it is difficult to detect decay if the crown is made of porcelain or metal.
Can you get an infection under a crown?
Yes, it is possible to develop infection under a dental crown. This usually occurs when the crown does not fit properly or it becomes loose. Food particles can get trapped under it forming bacteria that will eventually lead to decay or infection.
Can flossing loosen a crown?
When the crown is placed within 24 to 48 hours, patients should floss with extra care or it may cause the crowns to be loose.
What can cause a crown to come off?
The common reason crowns get loose is due to poor bonding with the dental cement and the crown. It is also possible for the crowns to come off or get loose when eating sticky or chewy foods, buildup of plaque that leads to decay, or even grinding teeth.
Dental Crown Near Me
When choosing a dentist, it should be near where you live, work, or go to school as it can save you a lot of time and money. Expect to have a few treatment or follow up appointments along with your routine visits later; therefore, having a dental office nearby will make dental appointments more convenient. Look for a specialist in Costa Mesa, California with excellent reviews for dental crowns and one you feel comfortable with.