Dental crowns can restore your beautiful and healthy smile

At Del Mar Family Dentistry, we understand that problems can happen with a smile unexpectedly. Maybe you had an infected tooth that required root canal therapy, or perhaps a tooth broke or cracked when eating a hard candy. Affected teeth need to be protected from further damage, and this is often when we tell our Solana Beach, California, area patients about solutions such as dental crowns. Dental crowns play an important role in general and restorative dentistry.

What are dental crowns?

Sometimes, the top of the tooth must be covered due to decay or fracture. This may require the fabrication and placement of a crown. Essentially, a crown is a replica of the top part of your tooth which strengthens and protects the rest of your tooth. It is used to:

  • Repair a broken or cracked tooth
  • Cover a tooth with a large filling
  • Protect a tooth after root canal therapy (endodontic therapy)
  • Cover the abutment of dental implants to replace a single tooth
  • Bond to false teeth (pontics) to fabricate a fixed dental bridge

Are crowns suitable for you?

If you have cracked your tooth, you will likely need a crown to restore the tooth and protect it from further damage. However, there may be alternatives to a porcelain or zirconia crown. Sometimes, a large filling or onlay can suffice. But it is best to discuss the options with your dentist at our practice.

What types of crowns are there?

Crowns are made from about seven to eight major materials, including ceramic, metal, porcelain, resin, zirconia, and hybrids. They have advantages and disadvantages, so talking with a dentist about your options is the first step in choosing the correct material for your tooth cap.

What is CEREC, and How Long Does A Crown Take?

CEREC allows us to 3-D print your crown out of a porcelain material. In general, a porcelain crown will be completed in 1 visit, approximately 2 hours, utilizing one of our most advanced technologies, the CEREC Primemill Machine. Some situations and materials require your crown to go to a dental lab.

Schedule time to talk to us about your restorative dentistry needs!

During your visit to Del Mar Family Dentistry, we will discuss the benefits and disadvantages and find an option that works for your specific case. We invite you to call our office at (858) 360-3102 to request a time to speak to Drs. Dale Trudeau, Thomas Fitzpatrick, Nikko Johnson, and Erik Balinghasay about this and other restorative solutions designed to repair broken or cracked teeth. Our practice is located in Solana Beach, CA, at 625 Valley Avenue, and serves those in the communities of Fairbanks Ranch, Oceanside, Carmel Valley, Encinitas, and Carlsbad, CA.