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Dental Crowns

Dental crowns serve many purposes. They can be used in cosmetic dentistry to cover up the stains, discoloration, cracks, and misalignment of your natural teeth. They can support weakened and vulnerable teeth after root canal treatments. And they can also replace missing teeth when attached to implants. Whether you want to hide your cosmetic concerns, replace missing teeth, strengthen your damaged teeth, or improve your smile, tooth-colored crowns can help you out. Dr. Huston provides custom-designed dental crowns in Corona that resemble your natural teeth while improving your cosmetic appearance.

What Is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap attached over an existing tooth or a dental implant. Unlike dental veneers, a crown is a 360-degree cap that covers the existing tooth completely. It’s used in general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and restorative dentistry to support existing teeth, cover up cosmetic deformities, or replace missing teeth.

Dental crowns are available in various materials, including ceramic, composite resin, gold, silver amalgam, and glass ionomers. However, we prefer porcelain crowns because they accurately resemble your natural teeth while capable of withstanding considerable bite force. We can design the crown according to your surrounding teeth’ exact shade to make them indistinguishable from natural teeth.

example of results with dental crowns in Corona

Benefits of Dental Crowns

  • Dental crowns are cost-effective means of protecting existing teeth.
  • They cover up the cracks, damages, stains, and other cosmetic concerns.
  • They protect vulnerable, decayed, or damaged teeth.
  • Replace your missing teeth.
  • Restore the functionality of your teeth.
  • Improve your cosmetic appearance.

Types of Dental Crowns

Tooth-Supported Crowns

Tooth-supported crowns are traditional dental crowns attached to existing teeth. They can be used in cosmetic or general dentistry to cover up the deformities in your existing teeth or protect them from damage, usually after root canal therapy. Our dental crowns in Corona are attached to the existing teeth after filing them down to small stubs.

Implant-Supported Crowns

Implant-supported crowns are used solely for restorative purposes, i.e., to replace missing teeth. Implants are titanium screw-shaped devices drilled into the jawbone underneath the sockets of the missing teeth. They essentially replace the root structures of the missing teeth, providing a firm base for the dental crown. Implant-supported crowns look, feel, and function like natural teeth.

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Caring for Dental Crowns

Dental crowns protect the underlying teeth from damage and decay. However, the region where the crown meets the tooth is still exposed, making it vulnerable to bacterial decay. Furthermore, the crown itself can get damaged or discolored without proper maintenance. As such, to prevent dental decay and protect the crown from damage, you must observe optimal oral health and follow some crown maintenance tips.

  • Brush and floss your teeth every day, including the crown.
  • Don’t use your teeth to open packages.
  • Don’t chew on hard objects, like popcorn kernels, ice, and pens.
  • Use a mouthguard while playing sports.
  • Wear a nightguard if you have bruxism.
diagram of dental bridges Corona

The Dental Crown Procedure

When recieving dental crowns in Corona, the steps involved in the dental crown procedure depend on whether you get tooth-supported crowns or implant-supported crowns.

The procedure for tooth-supported crowns is fairly simple. Before receiving the crown, your existing tooth will be reshaped and filed down to accommodate the crown. The dentist will numb your tooth using local anesthesia and then shave off the unwanted enamel. After preparing the tooth, the dentist will take digital impressions of your mouth to produce a custom-created dental crown. Once the dental crown is prepared, the dentist will attach it to your prepared tooth. Finally, it will be shaped and polished to make it look natural and beautiful.

The procedure for implant-supported crowns is a little more involved if you don’t yet have an implant. The dentist will perform surgery under local anesthesia to place the implant at the site of the missing tooth. After placing the implant, you’ll have to wear a temporary crown for a few months while your jawbone heals around the implant. After approximately 6 months, you’ll receive a custom-designed ceramic crown, which is attached to the implant. Ceramic crowns look, feel, and function like a natural tooth.

Contact 2nd Chance Smile Implant Center

2nd Chance Smile Implant Center is a state-of-the-art dental clinic specializing in dental crowns in Corona, CA. While we focus primarily on implants, our board-certified dentists also specialize in other forms of dental restoration, including crowns, bridges, and dentures. Dr. Huston discusses your specific goals, examines your teeth, takes impressions, and ensures you receive dental crowns that make you smile beautifully while blending with your natural teeth. Please schedule an appointment at our dental clinic in Southern California to discuss your dental crown options.

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