At Davis Dental Practice, we take great pride in providing you with optimal oral care. When your teeth are damaged, they need to be fixed. Severe damage often warrants extraction, but then you are left dealing with other issues. As an alternative to this measure, we offer dental crowns. Dental crowns are tooth-shaped “caps” that are meant to cover severely damaged teeth. Crowns cover the entire visible portion of the tooth, acting as a support, lending the tooth strength to prevent it from completely shattering apart. They also seal out bacteria, which might otherwise lead to serious infections.
There are several different materials that crowns can be made from, and each type offers their own advantages:
Reasons for a Crown
Crowns can be used to fix several dental issues:
Dental Crown Procedure
If you do indeed need a dental crown, the procedure will usually take two visits. During the first visit, you will receive a local anesthetic and we will prepare the tooth. This process involves trimming or shaving the tooth down in order for the crown to fit comfortably and naturally in place. Our doctors will proceed to take an impression of your teeth as well as use a color guide to determine the best shade for the crown. The impression and the color information are sent to a lab, where the crown will be produced. Until it is ready, which takes between one to three weeks, you will be provided with a temporary crown, which helps protect your tooth while you wait. During the second visit, the crown will be checked for fit and color and then cemented in place. Once finished, you can go about your life as usual.
Care for Crowns
Caring for crowns is no different than caring for the rest of your teeth. You must continue to brush and floss your teeth as normal. You should, however, avoid biting and chewing on hard substances—such as hard candies, ice, or fingernails—as this can cause the ceramic to chip. And it is important that you visit the office regularly for cleanings and exams, where we can help you to maintain the health of your teeth and check the condition of the crown.
If you have a severely damaged tooth, or are in need of a root canal, a dental crown will help to keep your tooth intact and safe from harm. Give us a call today at (530) 349-1949 for more information.