Palo Alto, CA
Tooth damage should not be a reason to hide your smile.
A dental crown covers the damaged tooth, adding elegance to your smile. There are several types of dental crowns, depending on your oral needs.
It is, however, crucial to know the right installation procedures from a reliable dentist for maximum efficacy.
At Palo Alto Oral Health, our doctors, and our team provide you with excellent dental crowns, where we also handle other dental treatments and procedures. Feel free to visit us today.
Who Should Get a Dental Crown?
After undergoing the process of a root canal
, the dentist might recommend the use of dental crowns before healing, as it offers maximum protection.
Most people wear crowns on cracked or weak teeth, adding life to them. If you have a tooth that has only minor damage, we can use a dental filling to treat the damaged tooth.
What are the Different Types of Dental Crowns?
Crowns can be made out of many different materials.
One of the most common materials is stainless steel. That is because steel crowns are affordable and extremely durable.
The downside is that they cannot be color-matched, which is a drawback for some patients.
Another popular metal crown material is gold. As with steel, gold crowns cannot be color-matched.
However, they look great and will last a very long time. They are one of the more expensive crown material options.
If you would like a crown that blends in with your existing smile, then you will need a ceramic or porcelain crown.
Ceramic crowns provide a close match, but they often have a metal core to make them more durable.
The dark metal core can give your tooth an opaquer appearance in bright lights.
Porcelain crowns are the most natural-looking option available.
They provide a semi-transparent look, just like your real teeth. Since porcelain is difficult to work with, these types of crowns are some of the most expensive.
If you are looking for a seamless blend, there is not a better option though.
Another option for a dental crown is a CEREC crown. CEREC crowns are sometimes called same day crowns.
What to Consider When Choosing a Dental Crown
The color of your surrounding teeth determines the type of dental crown you choose.
This is important in order to ensure that there is as close a match as possible, in order to maintain a consistent look.
Considering the position of the tooth and gums is also crucial, to determine whether it is appropriate for a dental crown.
Other factors include the extent of visibility of the crown and the number of teeth remaining in your mouth.
How Do Crowns Restore Your Damaged Teeth?
Dental crowns are strong and durable and provide many benefits.
Long Protection and Lifespan
Dental crowns provide a remedy to chipped, cracked, and permanently damaged and discolored teeth.
Dental crowns feature sturdy construction, ensuring an extended lifespan.
You will not require frequent dental clinic visits after you have received your dental crown. This will save you both time and resources.
Dental crowns provide you with long-term benefits, as they save and repair your damaged tooth. Maintenance of dental crowns is low.
They only require the same daily oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing that you should be following for your teeth.
It is also important to maintain your biannual dental exams and dental cleanings.
Before installation, you might be experiencing tooth aches as food particles enter the decayed teeth.
Dental crowns cover all of the damage, preventing any interference with the inner part of the tooth.
You can, therefore, enjoy your favorite foods without any challenges or discomfort.
Apart from restoration, dental crowns also improve your chewing and eating habits.
How Long Should You Wear a Dental Crown?
The amount of time you take wearing a dental crown depends entirely on you.
You can choose to wear it for one day, maybe while attending a significant function.
You can wear a temporary crown, where the dentist uses an adhesive to attach the crown, and it comes out with ease when there is a need.
Onlay crowns also cover three-quarters of the teeth and thus serve your needs conveniently.
There are also permanent crowns, with the design to serve you forever, with the right care routine.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
Steel or gold crowns last the longest amount of time, with some patients reporting up to 20 years of reliable use.
One of the great aspects of dental crowns is that your old one can be replaced as long as you have not further damaged the underlying natural tooth.
Caring for Your Dental Crown
The care you provide your teeth after any other dental procedure matches the crowns as well.
Brush at least twice a day and be gentle to avoid messing with it.
Ensure that you floss daily and avoid foods that might crack the crown.
Night mouthguards are also a recommendation if you suffer from bruxism, to keep the crown in the right shape.
There is a need for frequent dental checkups, to determine its progress and alleviate any possible health risks.
Dental Crown Installation Procedure
Successful crown installation does not take place in a single day.
It can take between two to six months for the entire crown process, and thus requires your patience.
A dental clinic visit involves a dental exam where the dentist will take measurements for your teeth, providing you with an acrylic temporary crown as you wait for the permanent crown.
Since the crown needs to be a perfect fit, getting the right dentist is part of the process.
With no doubt, you can visit Dr. Shiv Sharma, DDS, and his team at Palo Alto Oral Health for a personalized crown installation and after-care services.
If you are interested in restoration through the use of a dental crown, our professionals can help.
Our telephone is also always open for calls, for any inquiries and appointment booking. We can be reached at (650) 321-9693.