Simi Valley, CA
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cover or cap placed on top of a tooth to prevent further harm to it and to restore its function, form, and strength.
Crown restorations are one of the most common restorative dental procedures performed at Simi Hills Dental. Every day, thousands of people get fitted with dental crowns. Despite their popularity, a lot of people are intimidated by the prospect of getting dental crowns installed.
However, a dental crown procedure is minimally invasive, simple, and painless. Most importantly, dental crowns provide strength to your tooth and allow your teeth to perform important functions.
How Do Dental Crowns Work?
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped prosthetics that are permanently fixed to your prepared tooth that has become excessively decayed or damaged. Most crowns typically only cover the top, visible area of the tooth, which is why the prosthetics are called crowns.
Crowns sit on top of a tooth much like a sewing thimble sits on a fingertip and protect the underlying tooth. Instead of resorting to tooth extraction, crowns can help strengthen and stabilize the tooth.
At Simi Hills Dental, we will scale down the size of your tooth to accommodate the crown and not upset the alignment of your teeth. After that, we will take an impression of your teeth and send it to a dental lab for fabrication. If you would rather have a same-day crown, we can prepare a porcelain version for you right here in our office.
Once a crown is cemented into place, it can only be removed at our office with special dental equipment.
Types of Materials Used to Make Crowns
Permanent crowns are most commonly made from all-metal, all-resin, all-porcelain and porcelain-fused-to-metal.
||Metals: Metal crowns can be made from gold, nickel, palladium, and chromium. These crowns are the most durable types of prosthetics; among these, gold is the most long-lasting material. However, it is also quite expensive. Metal crowns can withstand a huge amount of biting force and hence are ideal for restorations of the back teeth. They also require less scaling of the enamel since they are thinner than other types of crown material. Their main drawback is their metallic color which does not look natural on the front teeth.
||All-porcelain: All-porcelain or all-ceramic crowns are the most natural-looking crowns as polished porcelain mimics the light-reflecting properties of the enamel. Therefore, they are the most popular choice for front teeth restorations. However, they are not as strong as metal or porcelain-fused-metal crowns.
||Porcelain-fused-to-metal crown: Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are stronger than all-porcelain or all-resin crowns. They also have a natural-looking tooth color; however, sometimes, the metal beneath the porcelain cap can show through which can affect the aesthetics of your smile. Another drawback is that they wear down their opposing teeth when they come together in a bite.
||All-resin: All-resin crowns are the least expensive types of crowns. They are also not very durable and can chip off if high pressure is exerted on them. Therefore, they are preferred for front teeth restorations.
Depending on the material used and the quality of your oral care, dental crowns can last anywhere between 10 to 25 years and even more in some cases. Crowns cannot decay, but they can fracture, and their surrounding gums can accumulate plaque. Therefore, it is important to exercise extra care when brushing and flossing your teeth.
If you think your tooth/teeth need restoring, view our dental services or call us at (805) 317-4999 to schedule an appointment today.