Dental Crowns in
Mission Viejo & Fullerton, CA
Dental Crowns & Cosmetic Dentistry in Southern California
Dental Crowns and Caps in Mission Viejo & Fullerton, CA
A crown, often known as a cap, is a tooth-shaped covering that is placed over a severely decaying or broken tooth.
Crowns may be positioned for a variety of purposes. The tooth has typically been significantly decayed, worn down, or fractured. As a result, a filling cannot strengthen a tooth sufficiently or replace enough of the tooth. Parts of a broken tooth may be held together by a crown. It can also be used to secure a bridge. Crowns can also be used to enhance beauty. They could be used to conceal teeth that are crooked or severely stained.
All of the crowns used at OC Smile are custom made to your individual needs and wants.
Crowning or Capping a Tooth
Usually, it takes two to three visits to crown or cap a tooth. Your tooth is positioned to receive a new crown at the initial appointment. To fit inside the new covering, it must first be shaped. To give the tooth a consistent shape, some change of the tooth’s structure will be necessary. Before to the procedure, the tooth and its surroundings will be numbed. The tooth may need to be built up with filler material if there isn’t much natural tooth structure remaining in order to support the crown.
After the tooth has been cleaned and prepared, impressions of your teeth are taken, either digitally or with trustworthy imprint materials that resemble putty, and sent to our on-site dental laboratory. Here, models of your teeth made from the impressions will be utilized to create crowns. Brad and his highly qualified lab technicians will use the models as a guide to make sure that your new crown is made to improve your smile and work properly within your bite.
Your tooth will receive a temporary crown before you leave the office to safeguard it until the permanent crown is prepared. Your permanent crown will be affixed to your tooth at the second appointment using either a resin that solidifies when exposed to a certain light source or a form of long-lasting dental cement.
Creating a Bridge
Crowns can be used to fashion an appealing tooth replacement for an absent one. Bridgework, which fills in the gap left by the lost tooth and calls for a minimum of three crowns, is used to accomplish this. Two of those crowns will be fitted over the abutment teeth, which are the healthy teeth on either side of the gap created by the lost tooth. The two crowned abutment teeth serve as supports for the pontic, a third crown that is put in the space between the two. More crowns will be required to fill the space created by the missing teeth if there are multiple missing teeth.
The quantity of missing teeth, the size and length of the abutment tooth roots, the amount of bone support each abutment tooth provides, and the location of the missing tooth in the mouth all have an impact on the number of abutment teeth required to replace missing teeth. For instance, four abutment teeth may be required to create a seven-tooth bridge if you have three missing teeth. Understanding tooth replacement techniques as well as the biology of the supporting bone and gum tissue is necessary for the engineering and design of the bridge.
Caring for Your Crowns & Bridgework
The same meticulous care must be given to crowns and bridgework as your natural teeth. Every day, be sure to brush and floss between all of your teeth, both natural and repaired, to prevent dental plaque buildup. It is crucial to continue visiting the dentist for your regular cleanings while you have crowns. Do not use your teeth as implements (to open packages, for example). Using a nightguard would be wise if you grind your teeth frequently in order to safeguard your teeth and your investment.