Cracked or chipped teeth can happen to the best of us. When it occurs, many patients are forced to consider the pros and cons of dental bonding versus dental crowns. Depending on your situation, one option may be significantly more effective over the other. This article will take a closer look at both dental bonding and crowns to help you decide which choice is right for you.
Dental bonding: Involves the application of composite material directly to the damaged tooth. This method is generally used as a less costly solution to fix small cracks and chips. Dental bonding material is known to stain and is not as strong as porcelain, so it is essential to avoid poor habits like smoking and chewing on pens or ice cubes.
Dental crowns: Crowns, or ‘caps’ can be used for more extensive restoration. Dental caps are coverings that are applied over the entire tooth. They are often made of porcelain, gold, or ceramic fused to metal. Crowns are a sensible option for patients with severely damaged teeth. Although the process for crowns is more costly and involved, they tend to be a stronger, more permanent solution.
For more information about restorative dental options, contact our office to schedule a consultation with our expert in dental crowns in West Hollywood.
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.
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.
Crowns are possibly the most commonly used restoration in dentistry. They are made to specifically look like your tooth that they are being placed over, and cover from the gum line to the top of the cusp. They not only make the tooth look great again, but fortify and protect it from further damage.
In the past, molds and images of an affected tooth would need to be sent out to a lab, where your crown would be made. This would take at least a week, necessitating more than one appointment, resulting in time away from work, school, or social activities. In the meantime, you would have to wear a temporary crown, which is much less stable and can be uncomfortable at times.
Why wait to get something as simple as a dental crown? Our dentists in Orange County are proud to now offer their patients same day crowns. These restorations are made right in our office and can be placed in just one appointment.
Same day crowns are made using new milling technology. Just as before, impressions and pictures are taken of the affected tooth. This information is then sent to our CAD/CAM machine, which can create your restoration from the material chosen in less than an hour. Our same day crowns dentist in Orange County can then place it on the tooth, allowing you to return back to your normal schedule right away.
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.
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.
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.