Dental crowns are an excellent option for restorative dental treatment. Crowns replace lost teeth, damaged teeth, decayed teeth, and areas weakened by large fillings. Dental implants replace teeth entirely from top to bottom. Although crowns are commonly known as artificial teeth, they do not feel any less authentic. Crowns feel like your natural teeth, but they are brand new.
There are many common reasons to use dental crowns. Crowns attach bridges, conceal dental implants, protect weakening teeth and help restore teeth fractures.
Dental crowns are made up of several different types of metals and ceramics. The type of crown used depends on where the teeth are located in the mouth (front, back, side), type of repair, price, and appearance.
Zirconia crowns are the most frequently used at 32 Pearls. The benefits of Zirconia crowns include their extreme strength and resilience. The zirconia can handle the force of the back teeth, and they protect the bite. Zirconia is biocompatible, which keeps the body from having adverse reactions or inflammation.
32 Pearls uses high-tech and advanced digital imaging technology so that your visit is quicker, more comfortable, and the crown works better for you.
The following types of crowns are only used minimally and on specific occasions.
E-Max crowns – E-Max crowns are disilicate lithium glass. They are light ceramic that is thin, strong, and aesthetically pleasing.
Gold crowns – Gold crowns supplement back teeth restoration. The benefits of using gold crowns are their strength, durability, and inability to break.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal – Commonly used ceramic crowns are porcelain. Porcelain is suitable for front teeth because it has the best appearance. Its color is equivalent to the natural color of teeth and looks real. It is the least sensitive to temperature changes, and although it is not the most durable choice, it is tough.
We use x-ray images to look closely at the tooth to tell us details about its reshaping. We need to contour the area for the temporary crown. The x-ray also lets us know if the working space is clear, clean, and ready enough to begin working on the site in and around the jawbone.
The shaping of the tooth enables the crown to fit correctly. We file the tooth and continue to clean any areas of decay. We counteract any problems with deterioration or structural damage.
A replication of your mouth tells us if your bite is the same on each side of your mouth. Biting down equally on both sides enables a comfortable fit of your new permanent crown.
A dentist will make every attempt to save a damaged tooth first. It depends on the severity of the damage. If severe trauma or a severe infection harmed the tooth, then it will have to be removed. If the tooth is salvageable, the dentist will protect it by encasing it in a crown.
A titanium post, known as the dental implant, secures into the jaw during the surgical procedure. After the jaw heals, the crown fits over the titanium post.
Yes. Dental crowns look and feel real. New state-of-the-art technology creates very aesthetically pleasing dental crowns.
No. Crowns can fill in gaps and spaces between teeth, and they can fit over tarnished teeth that do not respond well to teeth whitening.
No. Crowns fit over the tooth. If your teeth are not damaged, then there is no reason to remove a tooth. Dental crowns enhance the look of your teeth by adding to the tooth structure.
Soreness after the dental crown procedure is a necessary part of healing. During surgery, a local anesthetic numbs the nerve function in the repair area to alleviate discomfort. Sedation dentistry is an available option for patients with anxiety. Ask us for more information.
It takes more than one visit to complete a dental crown restoration. It also depends on your schedule. Procedures for dental crowns can extend over several visits. For some patients, it could be quicker. Every patient is different, so it depends on your situation. We do our best to take care of you in a timely manner.
At 32 Pearls, we do everything in our power to make your dental crown procedure a good one. We offer heated chairs, blankets, pillows, and more to make your experience the best it can be. Call us with any questions you have about your Tacoma dental crown procedure. (206) 322-8862