Designed to look exactly like your original tooth or better, a crown can cover, conceal, or repair damages to otherwise healthy teeth that don’t need removal. At Dental Oasis of Orange County in Huntington Beach, California, Binh Dang, DMD, and the team create same-day crowns for these purposes or to cover individual dental implants. To consult a dentist for a custom crown, call Dental Oasis of Orange County, or book online today.
Dental crowns fit snugly over damaged or broken teeth after your dentist removes a thin layer of enamel. They can also permanently latch onto dental implant abutments to replace missing teeth in their entirety.
There are plenty of reasons why you might need a crown to restore a tooth that you still have, including protecting weak teeth or reinforcing the structure of severely damaged teeth. Some common issues that might require a crown include:
Crowns are also a part of dental bridges, which include one or two crowns and one or more false teeth to fill a gap. The crowns are what hold the device in place.
At Dental Oasis of Orange County, the team uses the Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (CEREC®) system, which involves computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology to design a same-day crown that looks impeccable among your other healthy teeth.
During the design part of the process, your dentist uses the system to create a 3D model of your teeth. That eliminates the need for foul-tasting and messy putty, which dentists often use to take impressions.
Using the precise shape and measurements from the 3D rendering of your tooth, the CEREC machine mills a crown from a block of ceramic. You and your dentist can work together to select a shade for the crown, which should match closely with your natural teeth.
If you’d like whiter teeth, you should get a teeth whitening treatment first since it won’t alter the shade of the ceramic once your crown is in place.
The CEREC system is efficient enough to reduce treatment time down to a single day. Within that day, the team removes any old amalgam fillings from the tooth, prepares it by removing enamel, takes photographs, makes digital impressions of your tooth, mills the crown, and bonds it to the tooth.
In order to be a good candidate, you should either have damage to the tooth that functionally compromises it or want a cosmetic improvement for a tooth that won’t benefit from a veneer.
If you’re interested in getting crowns, or if a dentist has previously recommended one to you, call Dental Oasis of Orange County, or request an appointment online today.