At Charming Smiles of La Quinta, we use dental crowns to repair any tooth with damage above the gum line. Do you have a weak or out-of-shape tooth? Call us today to schedule an appointment for dental crowns in La Quinta, CA.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are permanent fixtures used to replace or protect structurally compromised teeth. They are effective for repairing decayed, damaged, or broken teeth. The crown protects the tooth from any irritants.
Modern crowns look similar to natural teeth, and dentists use them to create a durable, functional, and natural-looking smile.
Who Is a Candidate for Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns candidates have one or more of the following:
- Decayed tooth
- Chipped or cracked tooth
- Misshaped tooth
- Crooked tooth
- Missing tooth
- Root canaled tooth
At Charming Smiles of La Quinta, we will confirm your candidacy with a thorough evaluation.
Types of Dental Crowns
The main types of dental crowns include the following:
Metal crowns come in chromium, nickel, and palladium. They are the most durable types of crowns because they rarely chip or break and can withstand the force of biting and chewing. However, the metallic color of metallic crowns means that dentists use them for an out-of-sight tooth, such as a molar.
Porcelain + Metal Crowns
The combination of porcelain and metal serves two purposes: the porcelain will blend into the adjacent teeth better than metal, and the metal will add some degree of durability to the porcelain crown.
However, the metal will leave a dark line that will show under the porcelain cap, and the porcelain is still susceptible to cracks, breaks, and general wear.
Resin crowns are the least expensive option, but they are highly likely to break and generally wear down faster.
Ceramic crowns are best for people allergic to metal and those looking for crowns that deliver the best natural tooth color match overall.
At Charming Smiles of La Quinta, we prioritize non-invasive treatments. Therefore, we’ll only recommend a crown for a badly damaged tooth that can no longer support alternatives such as bonding or veneer or if you already have a crown needing replacing.
The Dental Crowns Installation Process
For people with broken or damaged teeth, the procedure begins with reshaping and filing down the enamel to ensure the crown can fit over it. We take impressions of the prepared tooth and surrounding teeth and then send the results to a lab. The goal is to ensure the crowns fit and match the color of the surrounding teeth.
We insert temporary crowns in the area until the permanent crowns are ready. You’ll try the crown on the appointment day to ensure it fits. After then, we’ll cement the crowns in permanently. Your crowns can last several years with routine dental care.
Dental Crowns in La Quinta
Do you have broken or damaged teeth in La Quinta, CA? Charming Smiles of La Quinta can help restore your smile.
Call us today at (760) 354-8376 to discuss dental crowns and other restorative options.