Every week, our dentists in Garden Grove help patients overcome a wide variety of problems with dental crowns. But it’s been a while since we’ve talked about what a dental crown actually helps you accomplish.
Dentists typically recommend a dental crown for one (or more) of several reasons. One of the most common reasons for this is that a tooth is too weak and needs some extra support. In other cases, your tooth might be damaged or severely discolored.
For problems like this, there are a few different kinds of dental crowns available ranging from ceramic and porcelain to stainless steel and resin. However, there are upsides and downsides to each kind. For example, a rear tooth that’s harder to see might be better served by a crown that’s stronger but not necessarily natural looking. This is because the tooth is in the back, and it’s not going to be seen that often. In other cases, a crown that looks as realistic as possible might be the best option.
Generally, the dental crown procedure involves two appointments with the dentist. In the first appointment, your dentist will examine the tooth and determine which kind of dental crown is the best solution for the task at hand. Then, she will file down the tooth to prepare the space for the crown. In some cases a root canal procedure may be required if the tooth is particularly damaged. next, the tooth will usually need to be filled.
Once this is complete, your dentist will make an impression of the tooth and the tooth alongside it so that the molds can be sent to a dental lab and transformed into the permanent crown.
At the end of your first visit, your dentist will usually fit you with a temporary crowd to protect the tooth until the permanent crown is ready to be installed. When this happens, the crown can last between five and fifteen years.
Does your tooth need fixing? A dental crown could be the option you need. To learn more, please don’t hesitate to contact our dentists in Garden Grove today.