Dental Crowns in Folsom and Greater Sacramento Area

Proper dental care can help you avoid most common challenges that people have with their smile. But even patients who regularly brush and floss their teeth may still experience tooth damage at some point in their lives, either from poor dental hygiene, smoking, biting down on something too hard, trauma to the jaw area, or just lose the battle to decay-causing bacteria.

Depending on the extent of the damage, a filling alone may not be enough. In some cases, your teeth may benefit from a dental crown. Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry offers dental crowns that look exactly like real teeth and are built to last in your mouth. For more information, contact us today at Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry Phone Number 916-983-6051.

Conditions Treated by Dental Crowns – What is a Crown?

Dental crowns are a type of dental prosthesis that is seated over your natural tooth, like a cover. They’re used to strengthen the tooth, improve its function, protect from further damage, and enhance its aesthetic appearance.

Dental crowns are versatile and can be used to treat a variety of different dental conditions, including:

  • Cracked teeth
  • Worn down teeth
  • Old or broken fillings
  • Discolored or badly shaped teeth
  • Chewing problems
  • Protection after a root canal
  • Treat a cavity that’s too large to fill, and more

In the past, materials used to create crowns or fillings were often strong and functional. But extra effort wasn’t always used to make them look natural. Depending on your specific needs and the method of fabrication, we make crowns primarily out tooth-colored materials like zirconia and lithium disilicate. These materials are both strong and natural-looking and without the silver metal used in the past that darkened the appearance of a natural tooth. No one will be able to tell you have a crown.

Because each patient and case is unique, our dentists will discuss which type of crown would best fit in your mouth and have experience working with all the type of crowns used in the dental world. Since you can reasonably expect your crown to last for years, it’s important to us that you’re happy both with how your crown works and the way it looks.

What Are CEREC Dental Crowns?

There are different methods of fabricating dental crowns. Now, many of the dental crowns we create and install are made using Chairside Economical Restorations in Esthetic Ceramic (CEREC) and its Computer Aided Design (CAD) camera technology.

Traditional dental crowns used to require taking a gooey mold of your teeth and send to a third party to have it made and waiting for the crown to arrive. The process could take a few weeks, and so a temporary crown would be needed to protect the tooth after it has been cleaned and prepped.

But CEREC has provided options to the way we create dental crowns here in Folsom.

CEREC not only helps create completely customized and better fitting crowns – it also allows the entire preparation, design, and installation process to take place in just a single 2 to 3-hour long visit. You are able to come for the prep work, and leave with your crown in place. Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry is one of the few Folsom dentists that has a CEREC machine in-house.

After the dentist has examined your tooth and concluded that a crown is the best way to address the issue, the steps include:

  • Tooth Preparation – The area around your natural tooth is numbed with local anesthetic and the tooth is shaped to remove any decayed areas and make it sturdy enough to support the crown.
  • Imaging – A camera takes a digital, highly detailed 3D photo of your tooth so that it can be correctly programmed into the CEREC machine.
  • Fabrication – The photo is used to direct the CEREC dental machine propose a replica of your tooth, our dentists will modify this design to best fit your smile.
  • Coloring – The new crown is made to subtly reflect the color of your other teeth. Ideally, no one should be able to tell that you have a crown without careful examination.
  • Adjustment and Installation – Just a few hours from the start of the process, Dr. Chen or Dr. Skelton places the crown over your natural tooth, adjusts it for ideal comfort and function, and cements it in place.

CEREC crowns combine the strengths of traditional crowns with their durability and customized shaping, with convenience and technological upgrades like an onsite machine that makes them and imaging methods that create even better fits.

What Are Traditional Dental Crowns?

Traditional crowns have been used effectively in dentistry for many years, and we do offer them for some patients when a traditional crown makes more sense for your treatment and insurance. Some of the initial steps in the process are the same as the ones used to create CEREC crowns.

First, the dentist examines the tooth to make sure applying a crown is the best treatment option. Dr. Chen or Dr. Skelton will then numb the tooth with local anesthesia and prepare it by removing any decayed areas and shaping it so that it will support the crown. It’s the process of creating traditional crowns that’s different from CEREC crowns:

  • Impression – Majority of the time this step can be done with a digital scan of your tooth, which is taken with a camera that fits inside the mouth. This helps patients that have a severe gag reflex and is apain-free process. Other times a gummy soft substance is used to take a mold of the teeth, which sets up in a few minutes.
  • Temporary Crown – A temporary crown is placed on your tooth to protect it over the days your permanent one is being made.
  • Installation – At the second appointment, the permanent crown is installed, adjusted, then cemented in place.

The time frame of these steps varies, but the wait between the first and final appointments is usually a matter of a few weeks.

Traditional vs CEREC crowns

Both types of crowns are great ways of treating tooth decay and improving dental health and tooth function. Both are aesthetically appealing, custom fit to your teeth and mouth, and durable. However, CEREC crowns do offer unique advantages over traditional crowns, such as:

  • Convenience – Instead of having to make multiple appointments and being extra careful while wearing a temporary crown for a week or more, a CEREC crown is usually done in just one visit.
  • Fitting – The CAD technology used to take pictures of your teeth leads to a high degree of accuracy when recreating your tooth for your crown. This means the crown will fit very well, sometimes even better than traditional crowns.
  • Aesthetics – Since they’re made with naturally colored materials and based on your unique tooth, CEREC crowns are one of the most natural-looking types of crown available.

These improvements in fabrication efficiency, fitting, and aesthetics are the reason that we use primarily CEREC CAD-cam technology to create and make crowns for our patients. However, we still offer traditional crowns that are durable and natural-looking for patients who would be better served by them.

Traditional and CEREC Dental Crowns in Folsom at Esthetic Reflections

Our goal at Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry is to provide necessary dental services that produce durable, comfortable, and as natural-looking as possible end results. Dr. Chen and his staff are proud to offer high-quality traditional dental services as well as the best of the latest advancements in dentistry, such as CEREC crowns.

If you think you need a dental crown in Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Granite Bay, or anywhere within driving distance and would like to find out more about our treatment options, call us today at Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry Phone Number 916-983-6051.

FAQ About Dental Crowns in Folsom, CA

Q: Should I care for my crown the same way I care for my natural teeth?
A: Yes. The crown won’t decay, but your natural tooth under it can if you don’t practice proper oral hygiene. You should brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day, floss once a day, and receive regular professional dental exams and cleanings. You should also avoid chewing hard foods and ice to prevent your crown from cracking or being otherwise damaged.

Q: Will the process of preparing my tooth and installing the crown hurt?
A: No. Local anesthetic is used when your tooth is being shaped. It feels about the same as receiving a filling. Installation isn’t painful either and sometimes doesn’t require anesthetic. You’ll want to know how the crown feels in your mouth so that the proper adjustments are made before it’s cemented into place.

Q: How much does it cost to get a crown?
A: Your total cost can vary according to the materials used to make your crowns, how many teeth need crowns, and many other details. We can provide you with an estimate for your specific case during your consultation.

Q: Will the crown feel strange or uncomfortable in my mouth?
A: It will probably feel differently shaped than your natural tooth, but most people adjust to this difference and don’t notice or think about it within a few days. Your crown shouldn’t feel painful or uncomfortable in your mouth.

Q: Am I a good candidate for CEREC crowns?
A: That can only be answered in a consultation with Dr. Chen or Dr. Skelton. However if you have heavily damaged teeth or previous dental work like a dental bridge or an old filling that needs to be replaced, a CEREC crown might be an appropriate treatment.

For more information about Crowns or to schedule a consultation, please call our Folsom office at Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry Phone Number 916-983-6051. We'd love to hear from you!
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