A tooth's exterior surface goes through a lot of wear and tear. Sometimes the crown of your tooth may incur damage, but what is beneath your gum line is still in good condition. If that is the case, you can save the tooth by opting for a dental crown. At Jeanne V. Devi, DDS Aesthetic & Restorative Dentistry in Pasadena, California, we provide safe and effective treatments, providing our patients with dental crowns that look and feel natural.
What Is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are also sometimes referred to as dental caps. They help cover the top surface of your tooth when the enamel gets worn down or becomes ineffective. Crowns help restore a tooth's shape or length when dental fillings or bonding are insufficient to restore the tooth to its original form.
We offer various types of crowns at our office, but the most common are porcelain crowns. Fabricated in our lab, porcelain crowns look like your other natural teeth, enabling them to blend in with the other existing teeth. No one will be able to spot the difference, allowing you to chew, talk, and smile without awkwardness.
Who Needs a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns can help fix multiple issues. Excessive decay that a filling cannot repair, cracked fillings, damaged teeth, and teeth with root canals often need a dental crown. These teeth have had some trauma to their surface, while their root remains in good health.
What Is the Process for Placing Dental Crowns?
We complete dental crown placements in two appointments. During the first appointment, we prepare the tooth to receive the crown. This could involve removing decay or reshaping the tooth. We have to make sure the tooth is healthy before placing a crown on it.
After we prepare the tooth, we will take impressions of your mouth and send them to a lab for the crown’s fabrication. The crown will be created to match the color and shape of your other teeth.
While we wait for your permanent crown, we can place a temporary cap on your tooth. This gives you the function of your tooth but should be used cautiously when eating solid and sticky foods.
At the second visit, we will clean the tooth and, if necessary, prepare it by filing the enamel down. We then place the permanent crown and check if it fits correctly and ensure your comfort and satisfaction with its look. Once we are confident of a perfect fit, we will permanently secure the crown to the tooth, giving back your tooth's full functionality.
Do you have decayed, cracked, or impaired teeth? To get started on your dental crowns, call Jeanne V. Devi, DDS Aesthetic & Restorative Dentistry in Pasadena, California, at (626) 795-2544 to schedule an appointment.