When are Dental Crowns Used?

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Because they sit right at the overlap between restorative and cosmetic procedures, crowns are one of the essentials of modern dentistry. They fix existing problems and guard against future ones, all while keeping your smile at full strength.

Today’s crowns are made of such resilient material they can act as strong and as reasonable as the teeth they cover, or replace. The most common materials are stainless steel, porcelain-fused-to-metal, resin, and ceramic.

Probably the most known use of dental crowns is to protect a weak tooth that is in danger of breaking. Crowns provide excellent defense against encroaching decay, and salvage the parts of the tooth that are the most vulnerable.

More recently, crowns are the final step in getting dental implants, which are replacement tooth roots made of titanium. After the implant takes effect by fusing biocompatibly with the jaw, the doctor fits you for a crown. This serves as the entirety of your new tooth.

Crowns are used particularly in children, especially those who appear at risk of poor dental health in adolescence and adulthood. If a baby tooth is too damaged to support a filling, the tooth will be crowned.

Occasionally, a permanent tooth will have less surface area than a filling requires. A crown builds that space back up, making it easier to accept the filling.

For more about crowns, contact our local dentists.

Do Same Day Crowns Work for Me?

Same day dentistry allows patients to restore decayed and damaged teeth in just one appointment. What once took two or even more visits can now be done without ever having to leave the office. This is accomplished with CEREC milling machines and CAD/CAM technology, which processes 3D images to create the perfect dental crown. What’s more, this technology can create restorations using whatever dental material the patient and our San Francisco dentists agree upon.

You may be a candidate for same day crowns if you have:

  • Moderate to advanced tooth decay that cannot be treated with a filling
  • A tooth that has been weakened by decay or damage, and is no longer structurally stable
  • A tooth with enough damage to make speaking and eating difficult
  • Cosmetic imperfections, such as severe wear or misshapenness
  • A tooth with a crack, chip, or fracture
  • A tooth replacement, such as an implant or dental bridge, that requires capping or support
  • Severe intrinsic stains and discoloration that cannot be eliminated with a whitening treatment

Seeing our expert in same day crowns in San Francisco is also best for those with busy work or social schedules, who cannot return to our office to complete the restoration process. Talk to our expert to see if same day technology will work for you and your smile.

Can Porcelain Crowns Get Stained?

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Dental porcelain is a highly stain-resistant material. Dr. Frame, our cosmetic dentist in Santa Clara, chooses a color that matches the color of your natural teeth when he designs your crown. This ensures your crown blends seamlessly with the rest of your smile. Once the crown is in position, it will not stain under normal circumstances.

However, porcelain can become stained if it loses its glazed finish. This is most likely to occur if you use a highly abrasive toothpaste or if the crown becomes damaged. You can prevent this with good dental practices. Use a soft-bristled brush, non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste, and a light touch every time you brush. Floss daily. If you grind your teeth, wear a night guard so that you are not at risk of cracking or otherwise damaging the crown. If you notice small margins at the border of the crown and the tooth, let us know so that we can polish them before they become noticeable.

Over time, your natural teeth can become stained, causing your teeth and your crowns to look mismatched. Teeth whitening may be one option, but your crowns may need to be replaced, as well, for the most aesthetic results. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Frame, our porcelain crowns dentist in Santa Clara.

What are the Advantages of Same Day Crowns?

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Many know the inconvenience and frustration of having to miss work, school, or other engagements to go to a dentist appointment. If you require treatment such as a dental crown, you likely have had to attend several appointments before the restoration is complete. With same day crowns, this annoying process is no longer necessary. You can get your teeth capped and protected in just one appointment.

CEREC technology speeds up the process that used to take at least two appointments with a whole week wait in between. After preparing the tooth by ridding it of any decay, our cosmetic dentist in Agoura Hills will take an impression of the tooth. Using this, the CEREC machine can make a crown out of porcelain or ceramic resin while you wait.

You may be the perfect patient for our expert in same day crowns in Agoura Hills if you have:

Weak or decaying teeth

  • Broken teeth that need to be restored
  • Discolored teeth that would benefit from the uniform color of a crown
  • A tooth with a filling that needs support

Our cosmetic dentists in Agoura Hills used to cap a tooth with a temporary crown to protect the tooth in between appointments. But these were not as strong as permanent crowns, and not custom designed to fit. Now you can skip the long, frustrating process and get a crown in a day.

One Visit Dental Crowns

A dental crown is used to give strength to a tooth that has been weakened by injury or decay. A crown can also be used to make a cosmetic improvement to a tooth that is discolored or misshapen. It used to be that two visits were required in order to have a crown placed. On the first visit, the tooth was prepared, impressions were taken and then sent to the lab, and a temporary crown was then placed. A recent development in modern dentistry now allows dentists to place crowns in just one visit.

The first step is that the tooth in question is prepared so that it can be fit with a crown. Next, the dentist uses a special tool to digitally scan the tooth. The data is then sent to a computer that is connected to a milling machine. The milling machine uses the data to carve a crown out of a block of porcelain. Once the crown has been manufactured, it is placed onto the prepared tooth at the same visit. As a result, there is no need for the patient to return for a second visit.

If your tooth is in need of a crown and you would rather not do it over the course of two visits, contact our expert in same day crowns in Agoura Hills to schedule a consultation.

Cuáles son las coronas dentales utilizados para?

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Una corona dental tiene la forma de un diente natural, pero es hueca en el centro de modo que pueda ser colocado sobre el diente natural o un implante dental. Las coronas dentales pueden ser de porcelana, porcelana fundida sobre metal, o metal. Las coronas dentales se utilizan para una variedad de razones.

Para que un diente natural para estar en forma con una corona, primero se debe estar preparado. Este proceso se realiza mediante la remodelación de una manera tal que la corona encajará sobre él. Las coronas se utilizan a menudo por nuestro Los Angeles dentista para reforzar un diente que ha sido debilitado por caries o lesión. Una corona también se utiliza para restaurar un diente que ha recibido un tratamiento de conducto. En el proceso de quitar el tejido de la pulpa del diente, se debilita el diente, creando así la necesidad de la corona a fin de que sobreviva.

Una corona de porcelana se puede utilizar para mejorar cosméticamente un diente que está manchada o forma extraña. Porcelana hace para una restauración estética muy ideal, ya que absorbe y refleja la luz de la misma manera que los dientes naturales. Nuestro experto en coronas dentales en Los Angeles también utilizará una corona de porcelana para colocar en la parte superior de un implante dental que se ha utilizado con el fin de sustituir un diente que falta.

Single Visit Crowns and How They are Made

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Getting a crown on a tooth has traditionally been a hassle of a process involving the placement of a temporary restoration and at least two inconvenient dental visits. However, the process has become significantly easier and more streamlined with the latest advancement in dental technology which allows for same-day crowns. While not everywhere, this incredible technology can be found at the offices of our San Francisco dentists.

The old process, as anyone with a crown can attest, involved bite impressions being made of the teeth, which were shipped off to a factory for the production of a crown to fit the problem tooth. That crown was then placed at a later dental appointment, usually at least two weeks after the first.

This new process is truly a wonder of the modern age. By taking a digital, 3-D image of the mouth, a uniquely designed milling machine can create a perfectly designed restoration in minutes. It is then tempered in a process similar to a small pottery kiln for fifteen or so minutes. At that point, our expert in single visit crowns in San Francisco can place this newly minted restoration by making only minor tweaks to it. While this single visit might be longer than either of the other two visits required for the old process, the one visit is all you need. No hassle of two visits and only day with a numb mouth.