For the people of Eastvale, Chino Hills, Riverside, Mira Loma, Norco, and Corona, dental crowns are an attractive and affordable option to restore weakened teeth. Although dental implants are becoming the treatment of choice for restoring missing teeth and replacing damaged teeth, this treatment is not for everyone. Uncontrolled diabetes, radiation treatment of the jaw, significant bone loss, and sometimes budget can restrict with an implant treatment placement. For these patients, dental crowns and bridges may be better options to restore their smile.
A dental crown is used to restore a weakened tooth that still has healthy roots; a dental bridge is used when the tooth is missing entirely. Dental crowns can eliminate the need to extract a natural tooth that is brittle from root canal treatment, or has been damaged by trauma or decay. A crown is essentially a hollow artificial tooth that is cemented over the remaining healthy structure. It covers the entire surface above the gumline. This strengthens and protects the injured tooth, preventing further damage, as well as restoring form, function, and appearance.
This time-tested restoration has been in use longer than you may think. The first identified use of crowns was in what is now Tuscany, Italy. The Etruscans made dental crowns out of gold, bone, ivory, and even human teeth. Crowns are mentioned in the first known book about dentistry, published in Germany in 1530. Rudimentary crowns were made of human or animal teeth and attached with wooden or metal posts during the 1700s. In the mid-1800s, porcelain crowns came into use.
By the early 1900s, crowns were developed that actually fit correctly thanks to the development of a new method of casting crowns. In 1907, a machine was designed to cast detailed, precise crowns of porcelain or gold. In the 1960s, crowns made of porcelain fused to metal became available. The dental crowns of today are the outcome of two thousand years of refining techniques and materials, with superlative results. Modern crowns are used for both restorative and cosmetic procedures.
In addition to protecting a weakened tooth, crowns are used cosmetically to cover discolored or misshapen teeth. A special crown is attached to a dental implant to complete restoration of a missing tooth. They are also used to cover the anchor teeth to support a dental bridge. If you have damaged natural teeth, they can be saved beautifully and affordably. Just ask the satisfied patients of Dr. Ami Shah and her talented dental team!
If you want to restore your smile, call (951) 739 7770 and schedule an appointment today.