What Are Dental Crowns?
Crowns, also known as dental caps, are versatile dental restorations that encase and protect a damaged or weakened tooth. Crafted from durable materials, crowns not only provide structural support but also enhance the appearance of your smile. Whether it's strengthening a compromised tooth or improving its aesthetic, crowns are a trusted solution for achieving both oral health and a natural, harmonious look.
Crowns Offered at Lion Heart Dental
Below are the crowns offered at our clinic:
All-Ceramic Crowns: All-Ceramic crowns offer durability and a natural appearance, making them a popular choice for those seeking aesthetic restorations.
Zirconia Crowns: Zirconia crowns are renowned for their durability and biocompatibility. They also offer transparency and aesthetic properties comparable to natural, permanent teeth.
Premium Crowns: Premium crowns are made with a Zirconia cap and a ceramic body. It combines the durability of ceramic and the natural, permanent tooth-like appearance of Zirconia.
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Benefits of Getting a Dental Crown
Dental crowns offer a range of significant advantages, making them a valuable solution for various oral health and aesthetic concerns:
Restored Function: Crowns protect and strengthen damaged or weakened teeth, restoring their functionality. You can comfortably bite, chew, and speak as you would with natural teeth.
Aesthetic Enhancement: Crowns are customized to match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth, ensuring a seamless and attractive appearance. They blend harmoniously with your smile.
Longevity: Dental crowns are known for their durability and longevity, providing lasting solutions that can endure the demands of everyday life for many years.
Protection: Crowns shield vulnerable teeth from further damage, reducing the risk of decay or fractures. They are ideal for addressing issues such as cracked teeth or large cavities.
Versatile Application: Crowns are suitable for a wide range of dental concerns, including aesthetic enhancements, structural support, and the restoration of severely damaged teeth.
Restoration of Dental Implants: Crowns are commonly used to restore dental implants, replacing missing teeth with highly functional and lifelike restorations.
Improved Self-Confidence: Achieving a healthy and attractive smile can lead to increased self-confidence and an improved sense of well-being.
The Process of Getting a Dental Crown
Obtaining a dental crown typically involves several steps, aimed at restoring the strength, function, and appearance of a damaged or weakened tooth:
Diagnosis and Treatment Planning: The process begins with a thorough dental examination, which may include X-rays. The dentist will assess the condition of the affected tooth and discuss the need for a crown. If a crown is recommended, a treatment plan is developed.
Tooth Preparation: For the next step, the tooth is prepared for the crown. This involves removing a thin layer of enamel from the tooth's surface to create space for the crown. If the tooth is severely damaged, additional treatment, such as a core buildup, may be necessary.
Impressions: After tooth preparation, impressions of the treated tooth and the surrounding area are taken. These impressions serve as the basis for creating a custom-fitted crown that matches the shape and size of your natural teeth.
Temporary Crown: While the permanent crown is being fabricated at a dental laboratory, a temporary crown is placed over the prepared tooth to protect it and maintain its function.
Crown Fabrication: Skilled technicians at the dental laboratory craft the permanent crown according to the provided impressions. The crown is typically made from materials such as porcelain or ceramic.
Crown Placement: Once the permanent crown is ready, you return for its placement. The dentist will remove the temporary crown, check the fit, and ensure the crown aligns with your bite and the surrounding teeth.
Bonding: To secure the crown, it is bonded in place using dental cement. The dentist will make any necessary adjustments to ensure a comfortable and proper fit.
Final Assessment: The dentist evaluates your bite and ensures that the crown functions correctly and appears natural alongside your other teeth.
The process of getting a dental crown typically spans over two or more appointments. It is designed to restore the damaged or weakened tooth's strength, function, and aesthetics, providing a long-lasting solution for improved oral health and a confident smile.