Crowns are durable caps that bonded over a broken, damaged, or weakened tooth for protection. Crowns are versatile, offering many cosmetic and restorative benefits. If you have an aesthetic issue with a tooth, it can be covered with a tooth-colored crown to improve the smile.
If you have damaged or weakened a tooth, a crown can reinforce the strength of the tooth so it won’t break when you chew. If you need a tooth replacement, crowns are used to complete implant restorations and anchor dental bridges. Contact us at BayBreeze Dental today to schedule a consultation.
Dental crowns have a lifespan of 5 to 15 years.
Dr. Parikh will examine your teeth to look for signs of decay that need to be removed and to look for oral health problems that need to be treated. She will determine if you’re a good candidate for crowns depending on the condition of your tooth.
After administering a local anesthetic to numb the mouth, your tooth will be filed and shaped to fit into a dental crown.
After trimming the tooth, impressions and photographs will be taken of your tooth and sent to a dental lab. We will also match the shade of your tooth to the shade of your crown using a shade guide.
A dental lab will fabricate a custom dental crown for you, using your impressions as a mold to base them on. Using the shade we have provided them with, they will color match your crown to your natural teeth. Fabrication can take several weeks.
When fabrication is finished, the lab will send your crown to us. We’ll call you back for a fitting and if no changes need to be made, your crown can be cemented to your tooth and polished.
A lab-made crown is created with the use of digital or physical impressions that are taken at the office and sent to a dental lab that specializes in fabricating tooth restorations.
This will fit the exact parameters of your tooth and match the natural shade of your teeth if you are looking for a tooth-colored crown. These crowns can be fabricated from various materials, including metal, porcelain, zirconia, or porcelain-fused-to-metal.
After assessing the structure and issues with your tooth and discussing your goals, we can make a recommendation for the best crown materials that will fit your needs. This process is completed in 2 appointments with crown fabrication taking up to 6 weeks.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns combine the best in aesthetics and durability.