Dental crowns play an important role in restorative dentistry, enhancing the durability and appearance of teeth that have been compromised by damage or decay.

As dental prosthetics, crowns cover the visible portion of a tooth, restoring its shape, size, and function. They're often recommended for teeth that have been fractured, severely decayed, or have large fillings. Dental crowns also anchor dental bridges and cover dental implants, making them an important part of these procedures.

With a dental crown, you can confidently enjoy a restored smile, a reinforced bite, and an improved quality of life.

When do I need a dental crown?

If one of your teeth has a large filling, a fracture, or has undergone a root canal, and it is impossible for the dentist to restore the function of your tooth with just a filling, then you likely need a crown to restore the form and function of your tooth. In the case of a root canal, 99% of the time, you will need a crown and a buildup to restore the tooth's function.

What are the different types of dental crowns?

There are several types of dental crowns, made from different materials. Crowns can be made from gold, porcelain bonded to metal, zirconia (which is aluminum-based with porcelain on top), or all-porcelain crowns such as Emax or Empress.

How long does it take to get a crown?

In some dental offices, like Nguyen Dental Practice, they have a milling machine that can design and finish a crown in just one visit. The entire process takes about two hours or slightly more. During this time, the dentist will prep the tooth, scan it, design the crown, mill the crown, custom fit it in the mouth, and then bake and cement the crown in place.

How do I schedule an appointment for a crown?

If you need a dental crown, contact your dentist to schedule an appointment. If you're in the area of Nguyen Dental Practice, you can call us at (209) 478-6466.