Dental crowns are one of the most common restorations used in dentistry today, and for good reason. They are incredibly versatile and can be used in a number of different oral health situations to restore not just the function and health of a tooth, but also its appearance. At Shadowridge Dental Group, patients in San Marcos, CA and neighboring communities such as Oceanside, Carlsbad, Escondido, and Encinitas can rely on our team of dental professionals to provide porcelain crowns that look, feel, and function just like a normal tooth.
How dental crowns work
Dental crowns are also called “tooth caps,” which is a great description of what they do! A dental crown is a custom-made restoration that covers the entire surface of the tooth. It can be used in a variety of circumstances, such as to:
- Hold pieces of a fractured tooth together
- Repair the biting surface of a worn down tooth
- Protect and restore the function of a tooth that has had multiple dental restorations over time
- Anchor a dental bridge in place
- Finish a dental implant after tooth loss
- Restore and protect a tooth after root canal therapy
- Improve the appearance of a tooth
There are multiple types of crowns for teeth, but porcelain dental crowns are the most popular because they most closely resemble a natural tooth in terms of both appearance and the way they feel. Other options such as stainless steel and gold are also available.
Getting a crown placed
To get a dental crown placed, you will first come into the office to have your tooth prepared for the crown and to take dental impressions, which are used to custom-fabricate your crown in a dental laboratory. At that point, we will place a temporary crown to protect your teeth while your new crown is being made. When it is ready, you will come back in to the office and after checking its fit and making any minor adjustments necessary, we will bond the crown on to your tooth with a strong dental cement.
Call Shadowridge Dental Group to schedule your appointment today! Our San Marcos, CA office can be reached at (760) 284-8111.