Published on December 26, 2022, Updated on January 6, 2023

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers the existing tooth that has been badly decayed or damaged. There are four types of dental crowns: metal, metal ceramic, ceramic, and porcelain. A dental crown is attached to a tooth using dental cement to look and function like your natural tooth. Our tooth crown dentist, Dr. Ronald Ayzin at Laguna Dental Center has over 5 years of experience with tooth crowns since 2017.

What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a dental restoration that covers an existing tooth. It can improve a decayed, broken, and sensitive tooth to make it stronger and longer lasting. A dental crown can restore the tooth’s shape, size, and overall appearance.

What are the different types of Dental Crowns?

Metal, ceramic, ceramic, and porcelain are the four primary crown material types. Each type provides different methods for repairing broken and decaying teeth.

Metal Crowns

Metal crowns are made of gold or base metal alloys that have excellent strength and require a minimum amount of tooth structure to be removed. Platinum, copper, cobalt-chromium, nickel-chromium, and gold can be used to make crowns. Since metal crowns are incredibly durable and do not wear down the teeth on either side, they are perfect for replacing molars. Metal crowns are also the best choice for the rear of the mouth because they won’t show when you smile.

Metal Ceramic Crowns

Metal and porcelain are bonded together to form the basis of metal, ceramic crowns. The porcelain gives the teeth a more realistic appearance while maintaining the strength of a metal crown. These are common among patients who desire the strength of a metal crown without a metallic appearance. They are also known as porcelain-fused to metal crowns.

Ceramic Crowns

The ceramic crowns can be made to match the color and appearance of your natural teeth. Ceramic crowns are an excellent alternative for patients with allergies to metal crowns.

Porcelain Crowns

Crowns constructed entirely of porcelain are known as porcelain crowns. Since porcelain crowns are transparent and closely resemble natural teeth, they are perfect for front tooth restorations.

How are Dental Crowns Attached?

Typically, two dentist visits are necessary to prepare for a dental crown. The tooth is created at the initial session, and your permanent crown is installed during the subsequent appointment. Here’s how dental crowns are attached.

1. Your dentist might take a few x-rays of your teeth at your initial appointment to examine the bone and roots of the teeth that will eventually hold crowns. If there is severe decay, periodontal disease, infection, or damage to the tooth’s pulp, your dentist will conduct an endodontic therapy or root canal procedure. If a healthy tooth can be preserved, your dentist may remove the decaying portion and place a crown rather than extract the tooth.

a. You won’t feel anything when they execute the following procedures since the tooth and the gum tissue around it will be completely numb from the anesthesia.

    1. To ensure the crown will fit perfectly, your dentist will prepare the tooth by scraping off its outer covering. If a significant portion of the tooth is missing due to decay or injury, a filling material is utilized to rebuild the tooth to support the crown.
    2. Next, they will use a paste or putty to create a dental impression of the prepared tooth; in modern CAD/CAM dentistry, impressions are created using a digital scanner. Your bite won’t be impacted by the crown, thanks to the imprints of your teeth. This impression is delivered to the lab for creation. You must put on a temporary one while waiting for your crown to finish. It will take one to three weeks to manufacture the crown.

2. Your second appointment involves removing the temporary crown and checking the fit and color of your permanent crown. You’ll be injected with anesthesia to numb the tooth and safely cement the new crown after your dentist concludes that your crowns match your smile.

How Does Dental Crowns Work with Dental Bridge?

A teeth bridge fills the gap in the teeth by supporting one or more pontics (fake teeth) on two dental crowns that are affixed to the abutment teeth.

The abutment teeth are reduced in size during the dental bridge treatment, and then a dental bridge is constructed using imprints and molds of the teeth. Dental cement is used to firmly bond the crowns, which will fit over the reduced teeth. The patient’s grin is then restored when the crown secures false teeth into place.

How Does Dental Crowns Work with Dental Implants?

The crowns are fastened to the dental implant using screws. To enable the crowns to link to the implants, they must be properly positioned. In order to properly emerge through the gum tissues, the crowns must face the proper way. Often, an abutment enables this joining or transition.

How Does Dental Crowns Work with Root Canal?

To safeguard the teeth following root canal treatment, crowns are employed. If a crown is required to safeguard the tooth after root canal therapy, it depends on where the tooth is located. A crown is not required since the teeth at the front of the mouth do not get as much bite force as those in the rear. Because the teeth at the rear of the mouth are used to crush food and are frequently subjected to powerful biting pressures, a crown is necessary to shield them from harm.

Schedule An Appointment with Dr. Ronald Ayzin at Laguna Dental Center to see if you need a Dental Crown consultation.

Dr. Ronald Ayzin at Laguna Dental Center provides the best quality dental Crown at low cost that our neighbors near Orange County can afford.

Call us at (949) 704-6269 to schedule an appointment.

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Am I a Suitable Candidate for Dental Crown?

Patients who meet the following requirements are suitable candidates for dental crowns.

  • Good dental health does not require immediate treatment for problems such as cavities and periodontal disease.
  • A lost teeth as a result of extraction or loss
  • Undersized or badly eroded teeth
  • substantial dental fillings that weaken and make the tooth walls more brittle
  • Patients who need to have crowns placed after receiving root canal treatment.
  • Broken, cracked, or fractured teeth
  • Severe dental decay

How long do dental Crowns last?

Dental crowns survive 25 years, according to The International Journal of Prosthodontics. On the long-term outcome for 2,340 crowns, a survival rate of 97% was found at 10 years and 85% at 25 years.

What are the critical advantages of Dental Crowns?

A dental crown can fix certain aesthetic issues with your teeth while also enhancing your oral health. The following are some benefits of dental crowns.

  • Hold teeth that are broken or damaged together.
  • Reshape the teeth.
  • Gain self-confidence from having a full set of teeth.
  • Replace large or worn-out fillings.
  • Relieve dental pain or discomfort.
  • Protect the teeth after a root canal.
  • Improve speech.
  • Reinforce a bridge

What do dental Crowns look like?

Dental crowns are put over a prepared natural tooth and resemble a hollow, tooth-shaped “cap.” Crowns entirely encase the whole visible region of the tooth that is located at and above the gum line once they are anchored in place.

How Much Does Dental Crowns Cost?

A crown’s price might change according to the material and your insurance. A crown can cost anywhere from $500 to more than $2,500.

Crowns made entirely of metal or metal and ceramic (PFM) might be more expensive. These crowns might cost on average from $500 to $1,500 per tooth.

The more technique-sensitive nature of some all-ceramic crown types, like CEREC crowns, may be a factor in their higher price.

FAQs for Dental Crown

Can teeth decay under a Crown?

Under a crown, teeth might degenerate if the patient doesn't maintain appropriate dental hygiene. While weakening teeth are protected by dental crowns, if germs are let to develop around the gums and other teeth, they will become trapped. Bacteria produce plaque, which subsequently hardens into tartar, which eventually leads to rot and gingivitis. People who don't go to the dentist on schedule might not realize this until they get pain.

How long after dental Crown treatment can I eat?

You must wait 30 to 45 minutes after the crown is put in before eating and leaving the dentist's office. Keep in mind to refrain from chewing on the region where the crown was inserted. It is best to adhere to a softer diet for the first few days because the gums and teeth in the area where the crown was done could be sensitive.

FAQs for Dental Crown

Can teeth decay under a Crown?

Under a crown, teeth might degenerate if the patient doesn't maintain appropriate dental hygiene. While weakening teeth are protected by dental crowns, if germs are let to develop around the gums and other teeth, they will become trapped. Bacteria produce plaque, which subsequently hardens into tartar, which eventually leads to rot and gingivitis. People who don't go to the dentist on schedule might not realize this until they get pain.

How long after dental Crown treatment can I eat?

You must wait 30 to 45 minutes after the crown is put in before eating and leaving the dentist's office. Keep in mind to refrain from chewing on the region where the crown was inserted. It is best to adhere to a softer diet for the first few days because the gums and teeth in the area where the crown was done could be sensitive.

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