Restorative dentistry is the practice of recovering from oral health issues. There are many different restorative treatments that your dentist can use to help you overcome the effects of tooth decay, gum disease, and natural accidents. One of the most versatile tools that your dentist has at their disposal is the dental crown. Dental crowns preserve natural tooth structure and appearance in cases of serious damage. Dental crowns create a tooth restoration that works immediately, while also protecting your oral health for the future.
The structure of your natural teeth is what gives them strength and stability. You can actually only see a small portion of your tooth above the gum line. This is known as the “crown.” Beneath the crown, there is a long root structure that is bonded to your jawbone. That connection is what allows you to chew food with confidence. When the crown of your tooth becomes compromised, the roots are then at risk. A fabricated dental crown provides a covering that protects your natural tooth structure.
There are several different types of dental crowns that your dentist can use to protect your teeth. There are complete dental crowns, which look just like a natural tooth crown. They fit over the entirety of your root structure, replacing your chewing surface and restoring the appearance of your smile. Your dentist may choose to use an inlay in some cases. Inlays replace tissue that has been damaged or lost between the cusps of your tooth. In cases where you’ve lost structure on the side of your tooth, your dentist may choose to use an onlay. These partial crowns are more extensive than a dental filling, but they are built to last.
If your dentist recommends a dental crown to preserve your tooth, there is a simple treatment method that allows your dentist to create the crown in just one day. CEREC technology allows your dentist to scan your mouth and create a precise 3D model of your teeth. Your dentist will then send those measurements to a machine that can fabricate the dental crown out of dental porcelain in a matter of minutes. Then, your dentist can place the crown — created exactly to spec — on your vulnerable tooth.
At Stadium Dental and Orthodontics, Chakka Sekhar, DDS, and our dedicated staff provide comprehensive and compassionate dental care for the entire family, including preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. To schedule an appointment for restorative dental treatment, call our office today at (909) 476-9678. We proudly welcome patients from Rancho Cucamonga, CA, as well as Ontario, Fontana, Upland, Rialto, and the surrounding communities.