Placing Dental Crowns
A crown is traditionally referred to as a cap. It is designed to fit on damaged teeth and cover cracks, chips, or decay. There are a variety of materials for dental crowns, and you can opt for metal, ceramic, porcelain, or gold. Our dentists can place the crowns either on your front or back teeth. We recommend selecting materials that closely resemble your natural teeth. If you require a dental crown placement, ensure you visit us at Smile Island Pediatric & Adult Dental Group so that we can review your condition and offer tailored solutions. The procedure of placing the dental caps includes:
History Taking and Diagnostic Tests
Chronic smokers or people with severe gum disease are not good candidates for dental crowns. Such people need proper follow-up before opting for these dental solutions. Our dentist takes your medical history to determine if the crowns will work well. We also take x-rays of the affected teeth to check the nature of the damage. If you have severe bone loss, a bone grafting procedure is needed before placing the dental caps.
Dental crowns should fit into your teeth well to avoid them falling off. Also, you want to avoid gaps that can encourage the growth of bacteria. The tooth filling helps ensure it is in perfect shape to support the dental cap. The nature of the filling varies depending on the types of dental crowns.
Creating an Impression
Our dentists measure the size and shape of your teeth through an impression. A putty-like material is dispensed into metal or plastic trays. The trays are then placed on your teeth. After a few minutes, the impression sets and hardens. They also make an impression on the adjacent teeth.
Before the placement of the permanent crown, a temporary one is placed. The role of the temporary solution is to protect your tooth from bacteria or contamination. It also helps secure your teeth in the proper position. Our dentists will later send the created impression to the laboratory where the crown is made. The process of engineering a permanent crown will take several days or weeks. When the crown is ready, our dentist will contact you for placement. The crown is cemented permanently on the damaged teeth. Our dentists use local anesthesia to prevent discomfort during the procedure.
Dentistry technology is evolving daily, and you don't have to opt for tedious procedures requiring regular dental visits. You can select same-day crowns. These crowns are prepared in two hours. Ceramic crowns are primarily used as a type of same-day crowns. There are many benefits of ceramic crowns, such as they closely resemble the enamel and seamlessly camouflaging with your natural teeth. They are also more robust and will not crack or chip easily.
Crowns work to cover and safeguard your teeth. They add beauty to your teeth and hide common defects such as discoloration or cracks. If you are considering these crowns as options, visit us at Smile Island Pediatric & Adult Dental Group or directly reach us at 916-773-6565 to schedule an appointment with our dental team.