Dental Crowns

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A dental crown, which is often called a cap, is a product that encases and protects a tooth. Crowns are used by dentists for both restorative and cosmetic purposes. Many different kinds of crowns are available for your situation. The type of crown for you will depend on why you need it.
When you call Dr. Garth Riopelle’s San Ramon, CA dental office, Dr. Riopelle will consult with you about how crowns can help your smile. We will discuss all of your options, as well as evaluate your mouth for any other dental problems that should be treated first. Crowns are made from porcelain, which is then fused to a metal crown. This is known as a PFM: porcelain-fused-to-metal.
A PFM crown has two separate layers. The metal provides the strong compression and tensile strength needed to chew with force, while porcelain makes the crown look like your other teeth. PFMSs are fused in a high heat oven.
Dr. Riopelle also offers a Bruxzir or Zirconia crown. These crowns are single-layer crowns and do not contain any metal.
If Dr. Riopelle recommends a crown, then you will need to make at least two office visits to complete the procedure. Once your tooth has been prepped, we will take an impression of your teeth. The impression is sent to a lab where the crown will be made. You will get a temporary crown so that your tooth is protected while you wait for the permanent crown.

What Is the Purpose of a Crown?
A crown has more than one purpose. The type of crown that is right for you depends on the reason you need it. Let’s examine the three major purposes of a dental crown.

When a tooth is broken or fractured, a crown is used as a restorative measure. The crown provides more protection to the tooth, ensuring it remains strong. This prevents tooth loss. If you have already lost the tooth, a dental implant can be used to replace it. After a titanium post is placed in your mouth, a crown is used on top of an abutment to replace the tooth.

Crowns are used to protect your teeth. A crown can protect a damaged tooth from exposure to damaging elements and prevent it from further breakage. When there is advanced tooth decay, a dentist may place a filling in the tooth and then add a crown on top of it, providing more protection for the tooth.

Crowns are also used for aesthetic reasons, since they help improve the way your teeth look. Crowns can be used to cover up broken, stained or misaligned teeth. Some people choose a dental crown when they don’t like the appearance of the teeth. Crowns can be color-matched to your natural teeth, creating a seamless appearance.

How Does the Dentist Prepare the Tooth to Receive the Crown?
In order for Dr. Riopelle to place a crown on your tooth, he needs to prepare the tooth ahead of time. Many patients dread getting a crown, but the process is easier than you think it will be. Dr. Riopelle begins by shaping the tooth, removing the first layer of enamel. This leaves the center of the tooth available.
How much tooth is left over depends on how serious the decay is, or what the dentist wants to accomplish. In some instances, your tooth many need more enamel removed, while in other situations very little enamel will be removed.
Patients often have concerns about the shaping process. However, this is not painful. Dr. Riopelle uses a local anesthetic, which ensures your comfort during the procedure. Some patients do not even need the anesthetic.
After your tooth has been shaped, Dr. Riopelle will take an impression and send it to the lab. The dental lab uses the impression of your tooth to make the crown.
Dr. Riopelle will put a temporary crown on your tooth until the permanent crown is ready. Once the permanent crown is ready, you will make an appointment with our San Ramon dental office, where we will to finish the procedure. Dr. Riopelle will remove the temporary crown and the new crown will be placed over the tooth.
When you have your crown fitted, Dr. Riopelle will ask you if it is comfortable and he will make adjustments to make sure it fits perfectly. When you are satisfied with the fit, the crown is adhered to the tooth with cement.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
Dental crowns last for a long time as long as the patient takes care of them properly. In fact, many people never need to have their crowns replaced. Crowns are designed to last a lifetime. However, you must still brush and floss your teeth regularly and see your dentist for routine cleanings.
If you do not take good care of your crown, you can have the same problems you have with your other teeth. Neglecting your crowns could cause them to break, chip or even fall out.
In the event that your crown falls out of your mouth or becomes loose, Dr. Riopelle can replace it.

Are Dental Crowns Uncomfortable?
It is normal to experience a bit of discomfort during the first hours or days after the permanent crown is placed. Your ability to chew and talk should not be inhibited at all.
If you find yourself having difficulty or discomfort, call our San Ramon, CA dental office. Dr. Riopelle can look at your crown and make adjustments.

Call Dr. Riopelle About Dental Crowns Today
If you are interested in learning more about dental crowns and whether or not they are the best option for your needs, contact Dr. Riopelle now to schedule a consultation in our San Ramon, California dental office. Dr. Riopelle and his staff have performed thousands of successful crowns. They have the experience that will get you smiling again. If you are ready to talk about dental crowns, call us today for a consultation and you’ll be on your way!

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