If you’ve been surprised by biting down on something hard while you’re eating and find that it is part of a filling, you may need a dental crown. Board-certified family dentist Dr. Lula Tsegay, located in San Leandro, California, is an expert at installing crowns. If you have sudden tooth pain or find a filling in your food, don’t hesitate to call or book an appointment online with Dr. Lula Tsegay Family Dentistry.
A crown is a covering over a tooth that has been filed down to remove decay or disease. Crowns are made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, resin, or ceramic material. A crown transforms a misshapen or badly decayed tooth into a beautiful new tooth that matches the color and size of your surrounding teeth.
Crowns are one of the most common dental restorative procedures. If your tooth has cracked or if part of the tooth has broken off, usually due to a large filling, you need a crown to restore the tooth to full health and eliminate the possibility of infection. If your tooth must be pulled and you need a dental implant, then a crown covers the implant. If you’ve had a root canal, a bridge, or have dentures, crowns replace the top part of the tooth that has been removed.
Dr. Tsegay uses a local anesthetic to numb the area so that the procedure is pain-free, although you’ll feel some pressure at times. She files down the tooth next. If much of your tooth is missing, she uses material to build it up so that a crown fits over it.
Dr. Tsegay makes impressions of the affected tooth and the surrounding teeth above or below it. The impressions ensure that you’ll have a proper bite when the final crown is in place. She chooses a color for the crown to match the teeth around it.
Dr. Tsegay sends the impressions to a dental lab, which manufactures the crown. She provides a temporary crown while your permanent crown is being made. Dr. Tsegay uses strong and long-lasting Zirconia crowns.
At the next visit, Dr. Tsegay takes off the temporary crown and gently places the new permanent crown over your partial tooth. She checks to ensure that the fit is exact, makes any final adjustments, and affixes the new crown permanently with cement.
There are many advantages to Zirconia crowns. The smooth surface hinders plaque. They’re very strong and impervious to chipping. They don’t transmit hot and cold the way other crowns may, and rate highly in terms of patient comfort.
Zirconia crowns are metal-free, and thus are a good answer for those with metal allergies or those who want metal-free material used.
Computer-aided design eliminates much of the time spent adjusting the crown when placed on the tooth, so you spend less time in the dentist’s chair.
Cosmetically, Zirconia crowns come in numerous shades and result in an excellent match to the surrounding teeth.