When it comes to restorative dentistry, dental crowns are one of the most common services we provide to our patients at Maidu Dental. This restorative procedure addresses any moderate or severe damages to your teeth, unlike fillings that only address minor damages. At our Auburn, CA practice, Dr. Luminita Markham, is happy to walk with you through the simple process of receiving a tooth crown.
What are dental crowns?
Essentially, a tooth crown is a cap that is placed on the top of your tooth. This cap is permanently cemented to restore the tooth to its original shape and size and is custom made by your dentist based on the following criteria:
- The tooth’s location and function
- The position of gum tissue
- Your personal preference
- The visibility of the tooth
- The color of your teeth
Based on her observation, Dr. Markham will also choose the most beneficial materials to make the crown. These options include:
- Ceramics– These are the most appealing option because of their natural appearance and longevity. Though they are the most lifelike, they are not as strong as other materials. For this reason, more of the natural enamel has to be removed. Ceramic crowns are an excellent option for both front and back teeth.
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal– Lasting 7-12 years, this option is aesthetically pleasing and strong. To create this restoration, a strong metal substructure is covered with medical-grade ceramic. Some discoloration may occur over time, but these crowns generally have a natural look.
- Gold– This extremely durable and long-lasting metal doesn’t cause wear to surrounding teeth. Additionally, it causes fewer reactions than alternative materials. However, most people don’t see gold as cosmetically pleasing. For this reason, you might choose them for upper back teeth that won’t be seen but need enduring care.
When are dental crowns necessary?
To restore a smile that has been damaged by major dental issues, tooth crowns could be the solution. These damages can be caused by several things, including:
- Small or misshapen teeth
- Chips, cracks, or fractures
- Tooth discoloration
- Decayed, weak, or damaged teeth
- Discomfort while chewing
- A misaligned bite
- Tooth erosion
Whether it is a health problem or a cosmetic problem, a tooth crown will protect the natural tooth while also creating a beautiful, new smile. To speak with Dr. Markham about whether crowns are the right solution for you, contact our office today at (530) 823-8771.
What are the benefits?
Tooth crowns aren’t merely cosmetic cures, they are restorative. These advantages include:
- Decreased Sensitivity: Substances that are too hot or too cold can cause extreme discomfort when teeth are damaged. A crown can drastically reduce that discomfort.
- Improved Function: Are you unable to use one side of your mouth for chewing because of the pain? Simply placing a crown on the tooth can improve your chewing ability.
- A Restored Bite: Damaged teeth can negatively affect your oral health and jaw by disturbing the balance of your bite. Balance and symmetry are achieved when pressure points are relieved.
- Durability: Crowns are made up of high-quality materials that aren’t prone to fractures and chips, and depending on the material of your crown, it could last up to 40 years!
- Improved Aesthetics: Discoloration, fractures, and low self-esteem can all be improved with dental crowns!
Learn More about Tooth Crowns
If you or a loved one is suffering from pain, discomfort, or a lack of confidence because of damaged teeth, don’t wait any longer. Our friendly, experienced staff is prepared to restore your smile to health and radiance today. Contact us online or give call us at (530) 823-8771.