Using porcelain crowns to protect the smile
Dental crowns are common restorations used in dentistry today. These caps or covers are designed to protect and strengthen a tooth that might otherwise be weak, brittle, or compromised due to an injury, treatment, or large area of decay. Dr. Kavneet Bindra and her team at Crestview Family Dental in Santa Clara, California, are pleased to offer porcelain tooth caps, more commonly known as a crown.
What are dental crowns?
Patients who are told they may benefit from a crown may wonder what to expect with this porcelain dental restoration. Dental crowns are fabricated to cover a tooth. That may be done for various reasons. Below are some of the more common uses of dental crowns in dentistry today:
- Coverage of a tooth that is permanently stained
- Protecting a tooth with a large cavity
- Covering a tooth that has recently had root canal therapy performed
- Strengthening a tooth that is chipped or cracked due to trauma or bruxism
- Covering the abutment of a dental implant to act as a natural-looking replacement tooth
- Coverage of a cracked tooth
Who is a candidate for dental crowns?
Because dental crowns are used in many areas of dentistry for various reasons, patients will need to be evaluated to determine if they can benefit from the placement of a dental crown. Most patients can use crowns to strengthen the smile or address imperfections or breakage that might otherwise impact their natural tooth structure. An evaluation and a series of dental x-rays may be done to determine if a patient is a good fit for dental crowns or other restorations.
Are dental crowns placed in one appointment?
Dental crowns are fabricated at an outside dental laboratory, so it may require a few weeks between preparation and placement to finish the crown process. The first appointment requires the dentist to prepare the tooth for a crown and take impressions used to create the final piece. A temporary crown is put in place until the new crown arrives, during which patients will return for the removal of their temporary crown and the bonding of their long-term crown.
Learn more about the porcelain crown
If you are considering natural-looking crowns and desire a dentist who uses cosmetic solutions when repairing the smile, connect with Dr. Kavneet Bindra in Santa Clara, California. Her front office team can be reached at (408) 217-0727 to request an appointment to discuss crowns and other restorations for the smile.