What is a crown?
A crown is a cap over a tooth that looks and functions like a natural tooth. It is often done to repair a cracked, broken, or largely decayed tooth. Crowns are also often considered cosmetic as they not only repair and restore teeth with a natural-looking cap, they can also be used to change the shape, length or color of a tooth. Crowns can also make the difference between having a tooth extracted and being able to keep it. It's always better to keep a natural tooth whenever possible.
At Model Smile Dentistry, Camarillo & Simi Valley dentist, Dr. Chow, utilizes his dental expertise and experience to create beautiful crowns that fit and last for years. Dr. Chow brings his artistic touch to every dental procedure he does, resulting in beautiful and durable dental works of art that are at the same time very functional.
Conditions Crowns Can Address
Sometimes a crown is recommended instead of a veneer to enhance a smile's appearance. While veneers and crowns are both used to fix similar conditions, crowns may be a better choice in certain circumstances. Crowns can also assist in adjusting bite problems. A damaged tooth may be too impaired for a veneer to correct, in which case, a crown could be a great solution. Model Smiles Dentistry provides the highest quality dental crowns Thousand Oaks can offer.
These are conditions that are commonly fixed with crowns:
- Assist in correcting bite problems
- Improve your whole smile
- Keep a cracked tooth held together
- Secure a bridge
- Make short teeth look longer
- Stop a weak tooth from breaking
- Fortify a tooth that is extremely worn down
- Provide a cover for discolored or misshapen teeth
- Provide an aesthetic cover for a tooth that has a cavity too large for a filling
- To place a cap on top of an implant
Getting a crown is usually a two-visit procedure. The below sections cover what you would experience typically with each visit.
Dr. Chow will prepare the tooth to be crowned by reducing its size. A local anesthetic is usually used. The manufactured porcelain or resin crown will have a certain minimum thickness so that it is strong and translucent. Reducing the size of the tooth is necessary so that the crown will fit.
An impression of your jaw will be taken. Our high tech lab will make a plaster cast of it, and then a porcelain or resin crown will be custom made to exactly fit over the tooth as well as fit properly between surrounding teeth.
A temporary crown will be attached while you wait for your final custom crown, usually about two weeks.
Your temporary crown will be removed and the beautiful, final crown cemented permanently in place. Dr. Chow may use an anesthetic but often it's not necessary. The doctor will make any needed minute adjustments to ensure it is comfortable, functional and beautiful. It will look just like a natural tooth.
Examination: The First Step
Dr. Chow will conduct a thorough examination of your mouth, including x-rays if needed, in order to determine the health of your teeth. If any are in need of crowns, he will go over his findings with you and discuss your options. He will also answer any questions you may have.
There is no reason to suffer any more with teeth that are chipped, broken or decayed. With a custom-made crown that blends in beautifully with your other teeth, you can enjoy eating, talking and smiling with confidence. As Dr. Chow is a top Simi Valley & Camarillo dentist and his staff comprise a dedicated team, every patient can achieve top oral health and a smile they are proud of.
Schedule a Consultation
We welcome the opportunity to help you understand the state of your oral health with a consultation with Thousand Oaks dentist, Dr. Albert Chow. He will conduct a thorough examination and discuss the results with you, ensuring you understand all of your dental options.