As general dentists and prosthodontists, Dr. Christopher and Dr. Baldwin Marchack are uniquely qualified for oral rehabilitation. They are known for helping patients overcome damaged dentition, traumatic loss of teeth, and dental problems caused by disease or genetics. Dental crowns are an essential element in many of treatment plans for patients in the Pasadena, CA area.
How crowns are used
A dental crown caps a prepared tooth. While porcelain is popular for its natural appearance, there are many choices in crown materials. You can count on your dentist at Pasadena Prosthodontics and General Dentistry to guide you to the type of crown that best suits your needs, with consideration for aesthetics, function, and strength.
Dr. Marchack may recommend a crown:
- For cosmetic enhancement. The appearance of a tooth that has intrinsic discoloration, odd shape, unusual wear, or pitted, chipped, or cracked enamel can be improved with a crown.
- To repair a tooth with a large area of decay or trauma (such as a broken cusp).
- To hold pieces of a cracked tooth together.
- For strength and protection of a tooth that has had root canal treatment, which can cause brittleness.
- To anchor a dental bridge in place. Crowns on teeth on each side of the gap hold one or multiple artificial teeth.
- To finish a dental implant with a natural-looking, fully functional restoration.
The crown procedure
The crown procedure requires only local anesthetic, and treatment is generally completed in two appointments. At the first visit, the tooth is prepared. Areas of damage are removed, and the tooth is shaped to provide a stable foundation for the crown. The dentist takes impressions of the tooth and provides these molds along with exact measurements and shading instructions to the in-house ceramist at Pasadena Prosthodontics and General Dentistry. The tooth is protected with a temporary restoration while the final crown is being fabricated. You return for a second appointment where the transitional crown is painlessly removed, and the new one is cemented into place. With good oral hygiene, a crown can last many years.
Call 855.770.3737 in Pasadena, CA for an appointment to learn more about your options in dental crowns.