This simple restoration might be all you need to restore your oral health.
Has your dentist at Healthy Life Dental in Monrovia, CA, recently told you that you need a dental crown? If so, you may be trying to do a little research to better understand this dental restoration and why it’s recommended. We believe it’s important to educate our patients about dental care and the services we offer. Find out everything you ever needed to know about dental crowns!
What Are They?
First of all, it’s important to understand what a dental crown is before you understand what it does. A crown is a dental cap that is custom-made to look just like the crown of a tooth. It is often made from porcelain or other durable tooth-colored materials like composite resin or ceramic. The shade of the material used is even matched to the rest of your teeth to ensure that it’s as close to your smile’s natural shade as possible.
A crown is a popular restoration because it can do so much for a smile and yet the restoration itself is so simple. Just by applying this crown over your tooth, we can alter the shape, size, color, and overall appearance of the tooth to enhance your smile and improve your oral health.
A crown is often recommended if:
- Your tooth has extensive decay that a dental filling won’t be able to support
- You have undergone root canal treatment
- You want to get a dental bridge (crowns are used to support this fixed oral prosthetic)
- You need to cover a dental implant (a restoration that replaces missing teeth)
- Your tooth is weak
- You have an aesthetically unpleasing tooth
Getting a dental crown is a very straightforward process. Since each crown is one of a kind, we will need to take exact measurements of your mouth to make sure it fits properly. These measurements are sent to a dental lab where they will get to work creating your crown.
In the meantime, we will need to prep the tooth for your new restoration. This will require our dentist to shave a significant amount of enamel off the crown of the tooth to make room for the crown. This tooth preparation is performed under local anesthesia, so you won’t feel a thing.
We will also place a temporary crown over the tooth until your permanent one is ready. Once the permanent crown is ready you will come back in for a final fitting to get your new tooth.
If you think your smile could benefit from a dental crown then let’s talk further. Schedule an appointment with Healthy Life Dental in Monrovia, CA. Call 626-256-3368.