Sometimes, damage or decay can cause a tooth to become weak, putting your oral health at risk. Dental crowns are a type of restorative dentistry that strengthens your tooth and helps keep your mouth healthy. From restorative to cosmetic purposes, Frank C. Raymer, DDS, offers custom dental crowns to adult patients of all ages. Call his Irvine, California, practice to learn more about crowns, or request an appointment online today to get started.
A dental crown is a cap that surrounds your tooth to protect it. It’s a common treatment for teeth that are weakened, decayed, or broken. The crown completely covers the surface of your tooth above the gum line, and it’s cemented in place.
Every crown is custom-made, so it matches your teeth and looks natural. Crowns can be made from ceramic, porcelain, resin, or metals.
Cosmetic crowns are usually made of ceramic or porcelain because they mimic the shade of natural teeth. Crowns are a permanent solution to protect damaged teeth, and they can be used to support other appliances, like bridges.
Crowns cover damaged teeth and make them stronger. Dr. Raymer often recommends crowns to treat severely decayed teeth and broken or cracked teeth. Sometimes, a tooth with a large filling can benefit from the support of a crown.
Dr. Raymer also uses crowns for dental bridges. Bridges replace one or more teeth in a row that are missing. A crown placed on one or both of the teeth on the ends of the gap can hold a bridge in place, making it easier for you to speak and chew.
Crowns also serve a cosmetic purpose. Crowns can cover misshapen or discolored teeth to perfect the look of your smile.
Depending on your situation, Dr. Raymer can make recommendations for the type of dental crown to meet your needs.
At Dr. Raymer’s office, getting a crown typically takes two appointments. During your first appointment, Dr. Raymer examines your mouth to determine if a crown is right for you. He may take X-rays or impressions of your teeth.
If you get a dental crown, the crown itself will be developed in a lab. While the permanent crown is being created, you may wear a temporary crown. Dr. Raymer attaches the permanent crown with a special cement.
A dental crown looks and feels like your natural tooth. After you get a crown, you’ll care for it like your natural teeth. Brush and floss twice a day and make sure you continue to get regular dental cleanings.
If you have a damaged or weak tooth and need a dental crown, look no further than Dr. Raymer and his caring team.
Dr. Raymer provides patients with dental crowns that meet their needs and help them achieve their aesthetic goals. Call the office today to learn more or request a consultation online.