Restoring the smile after damage or trauma can be achieved by working with a Santa Clarita dentist such as Dr. Sarkis Aznavour. In many situations, he may recommend patients consider the benefits of placing dental crowns.
What are dental crowns?
Crowns are restorations made specifically for patients who may be faced with a broken tooth, a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy, or who are looking to restore a dental implant to act as a false tooth. These situations are often improved by creating and bonding a dental crown in place. Also known as “caps,” these restorations are custom-made and can provide an extra layer of protection for a weakened tooth. They can also act as false teeth when placed over the abutment of a dental crown.
What types of dental crowns are available?
While there are dentists who provide metal crowns, many patients avoid these because of their appearance. Instead, the team of Health Smiles Dental focuses on utilizing ceramic crowns. These crowns appear more natural and can be difficult to discern within the smile.
Who is a candidate for a dental crown?
Candidates are patients with a healthy smile who need to repair a natural tooth structure or cover a dental implant. Patients may be advised by their dentist that they can benefit from the placement of a crown restoration.
What are the benefits of dental crowns?
Crowns have several advantages for patients to consider. They are affordable, and commonly used in general and restorative dentistry. The porcelain used to fabricate them closely resembles the natural tooth enamel, allowing it to blend in beautifully with the smile. Patients also find that they are strong and long-lasting.
What is a dental crown?
The reason for getting a crown is basically for either aesthetic reasons or to protect your teeth. Crowns are basically caps, in other words. They go over your teeth, they are similar to veneers. A porcelain veneer is usually just a shell that covers the outside of your teeth. You need to have sufficient enamel to get a porcelain veneer. If your teeth don't have enough structure, then you will require a crown so that it holds onto the tooth better. There are numerous types of crowns that you can get. There's anything from a gold crown, which is the oldest type of crown, to the newer crowns which are called Emax or zirconia crowns.
The advantages of a gold crown is that it is similar to tooth structure the way it wears, it's not abrasive and it requires less grinding to the tooth. The disadvantage of a gold crown is aesthetic, because it is gold and it doesn't look very nice in your mouth. Not only that, there’s the cost. The price of gold is high, therefore it makes the price of the gold crown higher.
The other aesthetic type of crowns are Emax, which is full porcelain crowns. The advantage of an Emax crown is that it is more aesthetic, it transmits light better, and therefore, it gives a more natural appearance. The disadvantage of an Emax Crown is usually, that it's not as strong as a gold crown, so the porcelain can fracture.
In between is what is called a zirconia crown, which is a white metal called zirconia with a porcelain layer over the crown. The advantage of this is that you get a little bit of the Emax crown, which is porcelain, with no darkness underneath, with the strength of being fused to a gold crown. It is stronger and there’s less chance of porcelain fracturing. Although in some of these cases, porcelain can fracture, so, it is recommended that you do not eat certain hard food or sticky food so that your restoration can last longer.
Make an appointment today
If you want to learn more about restorations such as dental crowns and live in the area of Santa Clarita, CA, we encourage you to contact our practice today. Healthy Smiles Dental is always accepting new patients as well as patients of record. Call today at (661) 210-4280 or visit personally at 24242 Lyons Avenue. Dr. Sarkis Aznavour and his team provide crowns and many other restorative services.