Get the royal treatment with long-lasting and natural-looking Dental Crowns
With the help of Tooth Love, you can get reunited with the “long-lost love” of your teeth! If pain or a poorly-shaped tooth are standing in the way of your most functional, healthy, and confident smile, Dr. Joanna Jefferson may recommend dental crowns to restore that function, health, and an appearance that inspires self-confidence.
Dental crowns for Irvine, California area patients
Modern dentistry enables professionals like Dr. Jefferson and our team to rebuild portions of a badly decayed or badly damaged tooth. We can do so with dental materials indistinguishable in their strength and appearance from natural tooth structure. We can even use these materials to rebuild an entire tooth. Generally, these materials are shaped to create dental restorations or replacement teeth. Restorative options run along a spectrum. We’ve listed these options, in order from most to least conservative, below:
- Dental fillings
- Onlays, also known as partial crowns
- Full-coverage crowns
- Tooth replacement, such as conventional bridges, partial dentures, and complete dentures, and bridges and dentures supported by dental implants
Crowns may be recommended to treat teeth with damage or decay too extensive to be sufficiently treated with dental fillings, inlays, or partial crowns. The dental material is shaped to replace the white part of the tooth, which is visible above the gum line. This part is the natural crown of the tooth. Crowns are often placed following root canal therapy, designed to remove inflammation or infection at the tooth’s center (the pulp tissue). Additionally, they may be used to replace teeth with a “standard” dental bridge. Its neighboring anchor teeth support the replacement tooth or pontic in a bridge. To adequately hold up the pontic, these anchor teeth must be crowned. Regardless of how the crown is used, all such treatments generally involve:
- Slightly reducing the tooth so that the crown can fit over it precisely and naturally.
- Shaping the tooth to “accept” the dental crown
- Preparing the dental material, so its color and shape blend seamlessly with the underlying tooth and the neighboring teeth.
- Placing and bonding or securely fixing the crown to the natural tooth
Crowns may be fashioned from metals, ceramics, or a combination of metal and ceramic. Also, the process of placing a crown is very well-tolerated, partly, with our use of precision anesthetic to numb the treatment site. Generally, treatment takes two visits: first, to prepare the natural tooth and the design of the crown and, second, to place and cement the permanent crown to the tooth. Temporary crowns may be applied to protect the prepared tooth and while the permanent crown is being made. Our crowns are very durable and are designed to last as you treat them with love! Be sure to keep up with professional cleanings at exams at our practice and be consistent about brushing and flossing those chompers.
Schedule your appointment with Dr. Jefferson today. Call Tooth Love at (949) 444-5656.