Dental Crowns Irvine, CA
Dr. Ursula Levine, DDS | Levine Dentistry, Inc.
Crowns are dental restorations that fit around the exterior of a tooth. A customized dental crown looks, feels, and functions like a natural healthy tooth. Dr. Ursula Levine uses only custom restorations created by her trusted and extremely skilled ceramist technician in the best dental lab for her Irvine patients. Once in place, dental crowns restore oral health and complete the smile.
Crowns can be used to improve the function and appearance of the following:
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Significantly worn teeth
- Severely discolored teeth
- Teeth that have had significant decay, especially if treated with a root canal
A crown is typically used to strengthen a tooth that has been significantly weakened, due to tooth decay, excessive wear, or injury. It can allow a tooth to be functional for normal biting and chewing that might otherwise be lost. In addition, because it’s fitted over the visible portion of the tooth, a crown can restore the appearance of a tooth. A crown can also be used on top of a dental implant, where it serves as an artificial tooth to replace a missing tooth.
In the past, crowns were often created from different sorts of metal. These were not only unsightly, they also raised concerns about safety due to the potential for leakage of mercury or other metals into the body. Dr. Levine avoids these outdated restorations, and exclusively uses crowns crafted from medical-grade porcelain. These crowns are strong and durable. The porcelain has a translucent quality that closely mimics tooth enamel. Porcelain crowns do not present the potential safety concerns of metal or amalgam crowns. They are customized for each patient, so that the crown will look natural, feel comfortable in the mouth, and function well within the bite.
The Crown Placement Process
Crowns require at least two visits to plan and place the custom restoration. During the first visit, the tooth is prepared; this typically involves removing a small amount of enamel to make room for the crown. Impressions are then taken, which are sent to the dental laboratory responsible for crafting the customized crown. A temporary crown will be attached as a “placeholder” while the permanent restoration is created. During this stage, in consultation with the patient Dr. Levine determines the ideal color and tint of the crown, so that the end product is virtually indistinguishable from a natural tooth and blends perfectly with the surrounding dentition.
In the lab, a skilled technician fabricates the crown from a block of porcelain to match the shape, size and shade of the natural teeth. Once Dr. Levine receives the crown from the lab, the patient returns for a second visit. At this time, the temporary crown is removed and the permanent crown is bonded into place with a strong dental adhesive. It is checked for fit and comfort, and any minor adjustments are made. Finally, the crown is polished to give it a radiant look.
Crowns can be used in a few different ways. They can be placed over a single tooth, to restore its function and appearance. If a tooth is missing, crowns can be used on the adjacent teeth as part of a fixed bridge. (The teeth on either side of the gap are crowned to support an artificial tooth, called a pontic, which fits into the gap.) For greater security and protection of bone tissue, a crown also can be used atop a dental implant to replace a missing tooth.
Crowns require careful at-home oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups. They should be brushed and flossed like natural teeth to prevent the buildup of bacteria, which can cause damage. Crowns that are well cared for can last for many years.
Dental Crowns Irvine, CA
To find out whether a crown would be a good option to restore your smile, make an appointment with Dr. Ursula Levine today. She will examine your teeth and discuss your specific goals. She may recommend a crown or another treatment. Known for her artistic eye as well as her excellent technical skills, Dr. Levine is highly sought after for restorative dentistry in Irvine, CA.