A dental crown, also known as a cap, is used to protect and/or strengthen a tooth structure that has been damaged. The dental crown covers the surface of the tooth and restores it to its original size and shape.
At the office of Dr. E. M. Makhoul, our Mission Viejo dentist can provide you with a smile that is all natural-looking by matching the metal free All Ceramic Crown to the natural color of your teeth. With the ceramic crowns, you also get a beautiful smile that will last for a long time because ceramic crowns have been proven to last for many years.
Please call the office of E. M. Makhoul, DDS, in Mission Viejo to discuss the benefits of porcelain dental crowns:
Ceramic dental crowns may be recommended for:
- Covering a tooth where a Root Canal was done
- Covering a misshapen or discolored tooth on the tooth
- Protecting a chipped, weakened or fractured tooth or the tooth
- Protecting a tooth that has had a large filling
- Attaching a bridge
The dental crown process
Crowning or capping a tooth will usually take two to three visits. At the first visit, your tooth is prepared to receive its new crown. First, it is shaped to fit inside the new covering. This will involve some drilling to give the tooth a uniform shape. The tooth and the surrounding area will be numbed beforehand. If there is very little tooth structure left to begin with, the tooth may have to be built up with filling material, rather than filed down, to support the crown.
After the tooth is prepared, impressions of your teeth are taken, either digitally or with reliable, putty-like impression materials, and sent to the dental laboratory. There, the impressions will be used to make models of your teeth for the creation of a crown. The models will serve as guides to the highly skilled lab technicians, who will ensure that your new crown is designed to enhance your smile and function well within your bite.
Before you leave the office, a temporary crown will be attached to your tooth to protect it until the permanent crown is ready. At the second visit, your permanent crown will be attached to your tooth with either a resin that hardens when exposed to a special light source, or a type of permanent cement
Dental Crowns vs. Dental Bridges
Crowns can also be used to create a lifelike replacement for a missing tooth. This is done with bridgework, which spans the space of the missing tooth and requires at least three crowns. Two of those crowns will be placed over healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth; these healthy teeth are referred to as abutment teeth. The two crowned abutment teeth become supports for a third crown placed in between them; that third crown is referred to as a pontic. If more than one tooth is missing, more crowns will be needed to bridge the gap in between the abutment teeth.
The number of abutment teeth necessary to replace missing teeth is influenced by the number of missing teeth, the size and length of the abutment tooth roots, the amount of bone support each abutment tooth has, as well as where in the mouth the missing tooth is located. For example, if you have three missing teeth, four abutment teeth may be necessary, thereby creating a seven-tooth bridge. Engineering and designing of the bridge requires an understanding of how to replace teeth, as well as the biology of the supporting gum and bone tissue.
"By far the best dentist I have ever had. Dr. Makhoul's work is second to none and your comfort during any visit is always his utmost concern. I've had everything from cleanings, to root canals, to bridge work with Dr. Makhoul... all without any discomfort. His work is amazing and he is never satisfied until it is perfect. His care and attentiveness carries over to his team as well; everyone on the team is very friendly and always professional. I very highly recommend Dr. Makhoul."
Caring for Your Crowns & Bridgework
Crowns and bridgework require the same conscientious care as your natural teeth. Be sure to brush and floss between all of your teeth — restored and natural — every day to reduce the buildup of dental plaque. When you have crowns, it is even more important to maintain your regular schedule of cleanings at the dental office. Avoid using your teeth as tools (to open packages, for example). If you have a grinding habit, wearing a nightguard would be a good idea to protect your teeth and your investment.
Experience caring, gentle cosmetic and family dentistry you can rely on. Call (949) 364-3724 to schedule your exclusive personal time with Dr. E. M. Makhoul today.
Dr. Makhoul is pleased to welcome patients from Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Hills and of course all the other areas of Orange County and Southern California.