Dental crowns are custom-made caps that fit on top of damaged teeth to provide support and aesthetics following treatment for decay or dental damage. Dr. Patrick F. McEvoy offers both same-day CEREC® restorations and lab-fabricated zirconia dental crowns. All of the dental crowns provided at our Mountain View practice are crafted to provide excellent durability and an incredibly realistic appearance that blends in with your smile. Contact our practice to learn more about crowns and to find out which type may be right for you.
About Dental Crowns
Dental crowns serve several important purposes:
- Strengthening weakened teeth
- Supporting and protecting cracked teeth
- Covering very large cavities
- Restoring worn teeth
- Alleviating bite imbalance
- Concealing pronounced cosmetic imperfections, such as intrinsic stains or unusually shaped teeth
Dr. McEvoy only uses only tooth-colored material for dental crowns to ensure a natural appearance.
The Crowning Procedure
Before placing a crown, Dr. McEvoy will provide a thorough consultation to determine if it is the right treatment for your needs. If he determines that you are a candidate for a crown, he will numb your tooth and surrounding gums with our injection-free anesthetic. Next, he will reshape the tooth. If you require treatment for decay or damage, he will remove the affected portions of the tooth. In order to make the tooth accommodate the crown, he may remove a very small portion of the healthy tooth structure as well. This process will create a strong base for the restoration. Once the reshaping is complete, he will take digital impressions of your teeth. Your crown will be precisely fabricated according to these impressions. When the restoration is finished, Dr. McEvoy will try in the crown to ensure a proper fit. Next, he will use dental cement to attach it to your tooth. At this point, he can make fine adjustments to the crown to ensure that your bite is properly balanced.
Different Types of Crowns
Dr. McEvoy proudly offers several types of dental crowns. In many cases, he can provide a same-day restorations using our state-of-the-art CEREC® technology. This imaging system will create a computerized, three-dimensional impression of your tooth. The process requires only a quick scan of your teeth. This digital impression will guide our in-office milling machine as it creates a highly lifelike, durable dental crown out of a single block of color-matched porcelain. While you wait, you can relax and watch TV on 3-D virtual reality glasses.
We also provide lab-fabricated zirconia crowns. This advanced dental material is incredibly strong. In fact, your restoration will be virtually indestructible. To provide one of these crowns, Dr. McEvoy will send impressions of your teeth to our partner dental lab. Skilled technicians will craft a restoration that is a precise match to the shape and color of your natural teeth.
Schedule a Dental Crown Consultation
If you have suffered dental damage or decay, or if you wish to correct a cosmetic imperfection that requires extensive treatment, a crown may be the solution for you. Contact our office today to book an appointment with Dr. McEvoy.