What are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is a type of covering that is used to protect and restore a damaged tooth. When a tooth has broken, cracked or fractured, or if it’s had a root canal, we often recommend having a crown placed. The crown services two purposes: restoring beauty to your smile while improving oral functionality. Crowns can easily last for years or even decades because they’re made using high-quality materials.
Why are Dental Crowns necessary?
Dental crowns can help to improve your smile and protect vulnerable or damaged teeth. They are made specifically for each patient, so they’re realistic-looking. Some reasons you may need a crown include:
- Your tooth has cracked, fractured or broken
- You have a large filling in a tooth
- A tooth recently underwent a root canal
- The tooth has a large area of decay
Who is a candidate for a Dental Crown?
We can perform a quick visual examination to determine if a crown is necessary. In some cases, an x-ray is needed to help us identify the size of a filling or if a crack or fracture is present. If you need a crown, we often recommend having it made and placed as soon as possible to prevent further damage to the tooth. If you’ve had a root canal, it is important to cover the tooth soon after the procedure to prevent re-infection.
What happens during the Dental Crown procedure?
We first numb the area with a local anesthetic. We then contour the tooth so that there is enough room for a new dental crown. Impressions, or molds, are taken and used to make your new crown. Once the crown is finished being made, you’ll come back into the office to have it placed. The second appointment is quick and easy, and simply involves placing the actual crown and making any necessary adjustments to the way it fits. You will love your new smile and the protection that the dental crown provides.
If you think you might need a new dental crown, call the office now at 858-350-9977, and our staff members can answer all of your questions.