Ceramic crowns have been used in restorative and cosmetic dental procedures for many decades now. Earlier, crowns were made from metals such as gold, silver, or amalgam. But thanks to the advancements in dental technology, we at Spa Dentistry in San Jose, CA have ceramic crowns and mostly use them as they offer excellent features compared to their metal counterparts.
Applications of Dental Crowns
Crowns are often used to treat the following dental conditions:
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Naturally misshapen teeth
- Excessively-spaced adjacent teeth
- Severely worn out teeth due to grinding
- Extremely weak teeth that can’t sustain themselves
What Are the Advantages of Ceramic Crowns?
- The appearance of ceramic crowns can be customized to perfectly mimic the natural teeth.
- They demonstrate excellent durability and strength that keep them functioning as good-as-new for a long time.
- Crowns are long-lasting.
- The procedure for placing a crown can be completed in just two visits to the dentist’s practice.
- Crowns do not require a lot of preparation before being bonded to the teeth.
- They strengthen the structure of extremely weak or damaged teeth and keep them from falling apart.
- They are relatively inexpensive.
- Crowns restore oral functionality by enabling you to bite and chew food as you always used to.
How Are Crowns Placed?
Dental crowns require at least two visits to the dentist’s practice to be placed. When you visit Spa Dentistry for the initial consultation, we will conduct a thorough diagnosis to understand how severe your condition is and determine your need and eligibility for crowns. If we see you do need them and are eligible for them, we will prepare the teeth by cleaning them thoroughly and removing a thin layer of enamel from the tooth that will receive the crown. It is done to make space for crown placement.
We will then take X-rays and digital scans of the teeth to create a 3D digital impression, which will serve as a reference for fabricating the crown. It will be sent to a dental laboratory where the crown will be made in a few days. Until then, we will place a temporary crown on the prepared tooth to protect its surface.
Once the permanent crown is available, we will remove the temporary one and clean the tooth surface. It will be roughened with a suitable etching liquid, which makes it easier for the crown to adhere to the tooth surface. We then use photosensitive dental adhesives to bond the crown to the tooth, which will then be hardened using a curing light. We will take a bite test and polish the crown to give it a pleasing appearance.
We invite you to schedule a consultation with our team of dental experts at Spa Dentistry in San Jose, CA to get all your oral concerns addressed at the earliest. Please call us at (408) 270-7723 or reach out through online consultation, and we’ll be happy to help.