Losing a tooth can be a traumatic experience, and many patients feel self-conscious about their appearance after losing one or more teeth. Fortunately, dental crowns are an excellent option for replacing missing teeth.
A crown is a tooth-shaped cap placed over an existing tooth or dental implant to restore appearance and function. They are often made of porcelain, but they can also be made of metal or a combination of materials.
At Nicole E. Kuske, DDS, crowns can be used to cover and protect damaged teeth, restore broken teeth, support a large filling when there is not enough of the natural tooth remaining, hold a dental bridge in place, cover a dental implant, and cover misshapen or discolored teeth.
The dentist in Lake Forest, CA, will first numb the area with a local anesthetic and remove any decay from the affected tooth. Then, our dentist will take an impression of the tooth and send it to the lab where the crown will be made. In the meantime, a temporary crown will be placed over the tooth to protect it until your permanent crown is ready. Once the permanent crown is made, it will be cemented into place.
Dental crowns can last for many years if they are cared for properly. It is essential to brush and floss your teeth regularly and visit our dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. It is also important to avoid chewing on hard objects or using your teeth to open packages or bottles. If you grind your teeth at night, wearing a night guard can help to protect your crowns.
This type of crown combines the strength of a metal base with the natural appearance of porcelain. The porcelain part of the crown covers the visible portion of the tooth, while the metal portion is hidden under the gum line. This combination of materials provides the best of both worlds regarding aesthetics and durability.
All-porcelain crowns in Lake Forest, CA, are the most natural-looking option available. They are made entirely of ceramic material and are a good choice for front teeth or teeth that are highly visible when you smile. While all-porcelain crowns are durable, they are less robust than other crown types, so that they may require replacement more frequently than different types.
Gold crowns are the most robust and most durable type of dental crown. They are also the most expensive option. Gold crowns are usually reserved for back teeth restorations because they are evident when you smile.
Crowns are custom-made to fit over the damaged tooth and are cemented in place. If you are missing one or more teeth and want a crown, visit Nicole E. Kuske, DDS, at 22992 El Toro Rd, Lake Forest, CA 92630, or call (949) 855-0176.