A dental crown, also known as a cap, is used to cover a tooth that has been damaged because of trauma or decay. Dr. Gistaro recommends a crown when there is a large restoration or fracture line on the tooth, which is compromising the tooth’s stability and function.
Crowns or onlays (partial crowns) are needed when there is not enough tooth strength remaining to hold a filling. Unlike fillings, which apply the restorative material directly into your mouth, a crown is fabricated away from your mouth. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or both. Porcelain crowns are most often preferred because they mimic the translucency of natural teeth and are very strong.
There are two dental appointments needed for a crown. The first visit consists of removing the damaged portions of the tooth and preparing it to hold a crown. Once the tooth is prepared, a member of our team will take a digital impression for our dental lab. The digital impression is done by a 3 dimensional scanner. This allows for a more accurate impression and a better crown fit and minimal adjusting during delivery. Another benefit of using a 3 D scanner is we do not need to use rubber impression materials which is especially helpful with patients with a sensitive gag reflex.
Once the final impressions for the dental lab are taken, a temporary crown is made and adhered using temporary cement. After two weeks, you will return to our Chula Vista dental office to have the permanent crown cemented on.
Crowns from Dr. Gistaro are fully customized to match the color, size, and shape of your natural teeth. Their strength restores your tooth’s health and function, and their aesthetics restore the beauty of your smile.
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