A dental crown, or cap, is a custom made cover that goes over a tooth to protect the natural tooth underneath. It is made to look identical to natural tooth and has the ability to withstand the biting and chewing load.
When Does One Need a Crown?
There are many indications for a crown:
- A tooth that is broken or fractured from trauma – an accident, biting on something hard, or nighttime teeth grinding
- A tooth that has a large, faulty filling with leaking margins and needs to be replaced, or has a large cavity that needs to be restored
- A tooth after a root canal, which is fragile and vulnerable to fracture
- Cosmetic reasons – if braces are not an option, crowns or veneers could be used to make minor shape change in a tooth or to close gaps and correct slightly rotated teeth
- Other cosmetic reasons could be internally stained teeth that need to be covered, since whitening and veneers may not mask the stain
- Replacing old crowns that are now faulty – color matched incorrectly or metal crowns that need to be replaced with tooth-colored ones
- Dark margins that show when you smile or margins and bite that are inadequate
What Steps Does it Involve?
A crown procedure typically takes two appointments. The first appointment involves designing the tooth, taking a custom mold for the lab to fabricate the crown, shade selection, and making a temporary crown that the patient goes home with until the permanent crown is ready.
The second appointment is a relatively quicker one, which involves checking the fit, margins, bite, and esthetics of the crown and cementing it on. X-rays are taken to confirm a tight seal and proper cementation of the crown.
Dr. Satar is very meticulous in his crown designs and placement using conservative techniques, top-quality materials, and he uses the best labs in the business for his crowns, which provide long-lasting results for our patients.
How Do I Know Which Crown Is Right for Me?
The materials crowns are made of range from metal free, all-porcelain crowns, porcelain with a metal (usually gold) substructure, to all-metal crowns.
The most commonly recommended are the porcelain, metal-free crowns, but the recommendation is made after an examination of the tooth and the oral condition of the patient. Dr. Satar will diagnose and determine which crown is best suited for your tooth.
Contact Us for a Consultation
If you have any questions and belong to the Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, Martinez, Concord or Alamo areas, please call Bay Hill Dental at (925) 985-6500 for an appointment.