If your tooth is cracked, chipped, or discolored, a crown can improve its function and enhance the appearance of your smile. At Concord Dental Arts in Concord in Concord, California, board-certified Ellie Shirazi, DDS, and her experienced cosmetic dental team use innovative technology and techniques to place crowns on your teeth and restore your smile. Call to schedule an appointment at Concord Dental Arts today or request a visit online.
A crown is a dental cap looks just like a natural tooth. Your dentist places it over a damaged natural tooth that is:
Crowns can also support dental bridges or attach to dental implants, which are metal posts your dentist surgically places in your jawbone to fill in the gaps of missing teeth. Crowns are also beneficial after a root canal or the placement of large fillings. They are made of porcelain plus a metal substrate, all porcelain, or ceramic materials.
The main benefit of getting a crown is a more aesthetically pleasing appearance after experiencing damaged or discolored teeth. Crowns help strengthen teeth and protect them from future damage, especially teeth with past restorations.
Crown placement is usually a two-step process. During your first visit, Dr. Shirazi examines your teeth and takes X-rays to determine if you require a root canal or another restoration treatment prior to crown placement.
Dr. Shirazi files down the top and sides of the tooth to make room for your new crown or builds up a tooth if too much of it is missing. If you have a tooth that’s missing entirely or requires extraction, she can surgically insert dental implants in your jawbone prior to crown placement.
Once your tooth or implant is ready for crown placement, Dr. Shirazi takes 3D images of it and sends the information to a dental lab. There, a custom crown is created for you. She may give you a temporary crown to wear in the meantime. When your permanent crown is ready, your dentist secures it in place.
When cared for properly, crowns can last decades or even a lifetime. Brush your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, and attend regular dental checkups and cleanings. Wear a mouthguard at night if you grind or clench your teeth and avoid chewing on hard candies, ice, and your fingernails.
Book an appointment with Concord Dental Arts by phone or online at the first sign of tooth damage, or if discolored, misshapen teeth make you self-conscious.