A crown is the proper “indirect” restoration if you have a tooth that is heavily decayed, damaged, or broken. Smaller indirect restorations consist of inlays or overlays. While an inlay is the smallest indirect restoration and fits within the contour of the chewing surface, an overlay covers all or most of the upper tooth. Crowns, popularly called “caps,” cover and protect the entire tooth. Like fillings, crowns are now available in a variety of materials through your Sacramento dentists, Dr. Brian Steele and his associates. The choice of materials is based on what’s needed to restore your dental health, cost and patient preference.
When my crown from another dentist fell off, I was able to get a quick appointment at the Sacramento Dentistry Group to get it re-attached. They provide quick, friendly service with clear options for cost.” — A happy client
Installing an indirect restoration takes at least two visits to the Sacramento Dentistry Group office. During the first visit, we assess the situation of the tooth. The tooth will likely need to be shaped in order to accept a restoration. We then take highly specific measurements of the tooth while making a mold of the area to be restored. The mold is then used both to create a temporary crown and to fabricate your indirect restoration in a dental laboratory. Once your restoration is finished, you return for its placement.
Porcelain or ceramic crowns, inlays and overlays are now the most commonly used indirect restorations. The color of the porcelain can be closely matched to your own teeth. Dental porcelain is also very durable. It can even be reinforced internally with metal for placement in high-pressure chewing areas. Various types of porcelains are available. The best materials, such as lithium disilicate, do not cause extra wear to adjoining teeth, even over extended periods of time.
Composite restorations are made from the same materials used for fillings. While they are unlikely to damage opposing teeth at any time, they are also more likely to wear with long-term use. As a benefit, their color is similar to that of a patient’s teeth, although they may discolor and stain, like natural teeth.
Gold alloys are famous the world over for their use as crowns. Although the color obviously does not match your teeth, dental gold is highly resistant to tarnishing and wear. The material is unlikely to damage opposing teeth, even in the long term. Since gold is obviously expensive, however, there is an extra materials charge when you select this option.
Base metal alloys are silver colored and work much like indirect restorations made from gold. They are less expensive, yet still provide the necessary durability. Some patients may experience allergic reactions to this dental material. Using this material, as with gold, would be based on a specific patient request.
Regular check-ups and proper dental hygiene help ensure your continued health and the permanence of your restoration. Your smile returns with the help of the best in Sacramento dentistry, the offices of Dr. Brian Steele.