Dental crowns have helped many of Dr. Olivia M. Rodrigues’s patients in the North Highlands repair and fortify their smiles. When a tooth has broken, cracked, or experienced severe decay, a crown can cover the entire tooth to hide the cosmetic issue while making the tooth stronger.
Porcelain, ceramic, and metal are all materials which crowns can be made of. Most crowns are made with porcelain to mimic the look and feel of your natural teeth. Porcelain crowns are less likely than your real teeth to stain but are still susceptible to staining if regularly exposed to sodas, coffee, tea, or wine. It is still important to practice good oral hygiene and to visit the dental office of Olivia M. Rodrigues DDS twice a year.
The longevity of dental crowns varies based on the material; those made of porcelain can last a decade while other materials made of metals can last several decades. Materials also come with different price points. During your consultation, Dr. Olivia M. Rodrigues will be happy to go over all the options available to you and discuss the pros and cons of each material in detail.
Advanced dental technology means only having to come to two dental visits. Your first appointment will consist of your dentist preparing your tooth for the crown, taking a mold of the tooth for the crown, and will likely place an interim crown over the tooth to guard it. At the initial visit, the dental staff will remove the decay and shape the tooth before capping it with the temporary crown. Once your customized crowns are ready, your interim crown will be replaced with the permanent crown.
Crowns can also be used in conjunction with other dental procedures. They are commonly required when having dental bridges applied to your teeth. If dental fillings seem to be making up more of your tooth than your actual tooth, you may want to consider getting dental crowns.
Crowns are a common solution for dental problems caused by trauma, disease, or decay. If you are concerned about your teeth, schedule a consultation with Dr. Olivia M. Rodrigues in North Highlands, California.