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Extensively decayed or cracked teeth can be saved with lifelike porcelain crowns. Made from high-quality, tooth-colored ceramic, porcelain crowns from Dr. Wynn Okuda in Honolulu, HI, cover and protect teeth, allowing you to have a strong, attractive smile indefinitely. Learn here how crowns work.
The dental crown
It's really a jacket or cap custom-made according to your dentist's specific directions and your unique oral impressions. Crowns bite together accurately with the opposite arch of teeth. Dr. Okuda uses them to:
- Finish dental implants, the best tooth replacement available today
- Support and protect teeth which have multiple fillings
- Attach fixed bridgework to adjoining natural teeth
- Repair teeth which have suffered oral injury and are cracked, chipped or discolored
- Normalize the size and shape of teeth which are congenitally malformed (such as peg-shaped lateral incisors) or teeth which have very thin or pitted enamel (a condition called enamel hypoplasia, reports Healthline)
The crown treatment
Dr. Okuda in Honolulu, HI, determines if your tooth would benefit from a porcelain crown by examining it and the surrounding gum tissue. He'll also X-ray it to see if the interior pulp is viable and if the roots and surrounding bone are healthy. Some teeth require endodontic therapy--a root canal--to remove inflamed pulp before the tooth can receive its realistic restoration.
If a crown is appropriate, Dr. Okuda will numb the tooth and remove the damaged portions with a high speed drill and other tools. He'll shape and size the tooth so it can accept the crown. He places a temporary cap over the tooth to support it while the permanent one is custom-crafted at the dental lab.
When you return to the office, he'll take off the temporary restoration and use a strong adhesive to bond the new crown over your tooth. Today's crowns fit precisely and blend in exceptionally well with neighboring teeth. Unlike porcelain fused to metal crowns, all-ceramic crowns look very natural, having no dark areas near the gum line to detract from your smile aesthetics.
Making a crown last
Thankfully, crowns do not decay, and they are highly stain-resistant. However, they can chip or become dislodged if you eat very sticky or hard foods, such as candy apples, or if you grind your teeth. In other words, your crown will last longer if you treat it gently and:
- Brush twice a day with a soft brush and non-abrasive toothpaste
- Floss daily
- Get your routine examinations and cleanings with Dr. Okuda
These good oral hygiene habits also prevent periodontal disease at crown margins where plaque and tartar may collect.
Come see us
We'll tell you all about porcelain crowns and if one is right for you. Call Dr. Wynn Okuda's dental office in Honolulu, HI, for a free smile consultation with one of the country's most recognized dental experts at (808) 734-1099.
Find out if dental crowns are the right treatment option for your smile.
A damaged smile can be a major stressor for anyone. Whether an injury is the cause of a broken tooth or severe decay is to blame, there are many cases in which you will need to see your Honolulu cosmetic dentist Dr. Wynn Okuda for treatment. Find out more about dental crowns and their purpose.
When are crowns recommended?
There are so many dental restorations that it can be difficult to know which one is right for you and your smile. That’s where your dentist in Honolulu comes in. We are here to help you decide whether dental crowns are the right option for you. Here are the most common issues that warrant a dental crown:
- A cracked or broken tooth
- A damaged or weakened tooth
- A severely misshapen or discolored tooth
- To cover a dental implant
- To anchor a dental bridge in place
- To protect a tooth after a root canal
You may not always know that you need a dental crown, which is why visiting us every six months is the best way to determine whether your smile requires some dental work. A dental crown can be made from a variety of different materials including,
The main purpose of a dental crown is to be cemented over the entire crown of a real tooth to restore full function and strength back into a tooth that may have sustained damage that is more extensive than a dental filling can handle. With the proper care, dental crowns can last up to 15 years or more.
When should I consider getting dental crowns?
If you have a broken or fractured tooth, or you are dealing with a tooth that is badly misshapen or discolored then dental crowns may be a good option for reviving your smile. Also, if you are planning to get a dental bridge or dental implant to replace one or more missing teeth then dental crowns will also be required.
Don’t ignore dental problems that require immediate care. Turn to your Honolulu, HI dental expert Dr. Okuda for all of your general and cosmetic dental needs. Call us today!
- To cover a broken or chipped tooth
- To protect a weak tooth from breaking (this weakness could be due to significant dental decay)
- To securely hold a dental bridge
- To hide a dental implant
- To hide a misshapen tooth
- To conceal a significantly discolored tooth
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- Improved appearance – dental implants look and feel just like your own teeth.
- Improved comfort – dental implants are securely anchored, so there is no slipping as there is with dentures.
- Improved health – dental implants can help prevent deterioration of the jawbone caused by loss of teeth, so your face retains its natural shape.
- Improved durability – dental implants are strong and can last a lifetime with proper care.
- Improved convenience – dental implants are permanent, eliminating the inconvenience of removing your dentures.