Dental Crowns

Dental Crowns

Do you want a beautiful smile, in spite of a damaged tooth? Could one or more of your teeth benefit from an improved appearance, shape or alignment? If you answered yes, then a dental crown restoration may be the solution for you. For expert metal or porcelain dental crowns in Sacramento, contact Natomas Crossing Dental Care for a consultation. One of our dentists will conduct a comprehensive examination to determine if a crown is an appropriate treatment option for your condition.

What are dental crowns?

A crown is a natural-looking, permanent “cap” that covers a tooth to restore it to its normal size and shape, strengthening the tooth while improving its appearance. Crowns are made of porcelain, metal or a combination of the two. Porcelain crowns are generally preferred because they mimic the translucency of natural teeth and are very strong.

Why do I need a dental crown?

Crowns are most often recommended to:

  • Replace a large filling when there isn’t sufficient tooth structure remaining
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  • Restore a broken tooth
  • Cover a discolored, misshapen or misaligned tooth
  • Replace a missing tooth by covering a dental implant
  • Cover a tooth that has undergone root canal treatment
  • Attach a bridge
  • Alleviate discomfort caused by cracked tooth syndrome

What is the procedure?

To prepare your tooth for a crown, the tooth must be reduced in size so the crown, or cap, can fit over it. After reducing the tooth, your dentist makes an impression that acts as a mold for the crown. The crown is fabricated in a dental laboratory based on the impression made by your Natomas Crossing Dental Care dentist. The impression allows the lab technician to examine all aspects of your bite and jaw movements so that once it is placed, your custom-made crown allows your teeth to function normally. The crown is permanently cemented onto the existing tooth and fully covers the portion of your tooth above the gum line — in effect becoming your tooth’s new outer surface.

How do I care for my crown?

Crowns typically last for around five years. However, your crown may last much longer, especially if you eliminate bad habits such as teeth grinding, chewing ice or hard foods, and fingernail biting. We recommend taking care of your crown by brushing often, cleaning between teeth with floss or interdental cleaners and visiting your dentist twice a year for regular checkups.