Crowns are used to restore a tooth to its natural shape, size, and strength inconspicuously by capping or covering the original tooth. A tooth may need restoration for many reasons, including, but not limited to: weakness, decay, crack or fracture, and discoloration. When issues like this occur, instead of allowing it to progress (which can lead to larger dental concerns such as infection or root canals), or removing the tooth completely (known as an abstraction), a crown is commonly used to restore the tooth to its original strength and durability. It supplements the original tooth.



With the exception of temporary crowns which are prefabricated, every crown requires custom fabrication in a few steps. The first appointment the tooth receiving the crown will be assessed and reshaped to prepare for the crown and impressions of the mouth will be made to ensure the shape, size, and contours of the crown will resemble the natural tooth, leaving the bite unaffected. A temporary crown is put into place. These impressions are then sent to a dental lab to manufacture the custom crown. Usually within 2-4 weeks, a second appointment is arranged and the newly fabricated crown replaces the temporary crown. Onlays and ¾ crowns are variations to conventional crowning and simply cover a smaller portion of the tooth. Details such as size, shape and even color are meticulously minded to ensure the crown, when fastened with cement to the original tooth, fits correctly and comfortably.

Crowns are composed of a number of materials, with different materials varying in their advantages and disadvantages. Common materials used for crowns are: stainless steel, metal alloys (gold, nickel, chromium), porcelain fused to metal, ceramic, porcelain, and even zirconia. However, Captek (a metal composite that underlies the porcelain or ceramic of a crown or bridge) offers a unique blend of benefits. Due to its yellow-gold color, Captek creates a more natural tone and color when compared to other ceramics, plastics or porcelains. It also has the added benefits of being both corrosion resistant and less susceptible to bacterial accumulation, resulting in a more lifelike and long-lasting alternative to other traditional materials.

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At Esplanade Dental Group, we want to make sure you choose the right crowns for your teeth. With so many restorative dental treatments available, we want to help you in making an informed decision. We understand the importance of comfortability, reliability and cost for our clients, and we are happy to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of dental crowns with our clients. If you live in the San Jacinto area and are in need of restorative dental services such as crowns, dentures, and bridges, please contact us at (951) 487-2999 and speak with a member of our staff, today! We are happy to get the conversation started and put you on the track to a brighter, healthier smile!

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