A dental crown is one of the procedures at Fallbrook Village Dental that can restore your beautiful smile. It is one of the recommended procedures for patients with a large filling that exceeds the tooth’s natural structure. It is also a treatment of choice if you had root canal therapy. However, some patients would choose it for cosmetic reasons. Typically, a dental crown is placed on a damaged tooth. Its purpose in this situation is to absorb chewing forces. It also protects the compromised tooth structure underneath the crown. In other words, the dental crown restores your teeth’s function and the appearance of your smile.
What is a Dental Crown?
It is a translucent material that has the same luster as your natural tooth. A dental crown is mainly designed to protect and cover a tooth. It fills any uneven gaps between your teeth. It also covers any severely stained tooth that cannot be whitened through teeth whitening procedure. To get a natural appearance, it is resized and reshaped.
What to Expect From a Dental Crown Procedure?
Every patient is unique. The procedure you will undergo will be different from the process that other patients will go through. It all boils down to these steps.
Numbing the Tooth
It requires numbing of the tooth and its surrounding tissues. If the affected tooth had a root canal, your dentist may still use anesthetic.
Impressions and Shade
The dental laboratory requires accurate models of both your mandibular arches and maxillary. The goal here is to produce a perfect crown for your natural tooth. A full ceramic may also require obtaining the exact shade of your tooth before preparing your tooth. After obtaining the impressions of your teeth, your dentist will utilize a shade guide to identify the exact color of your tooth. If it involves your front tooth, you may need to visit the dental laboratory.
In this way, the lab technician can obtain a custom shade of your surrounding teeth. But there is no need to do it if you chose for a gold crown.
The dental crown has to fit perfectly in your mouth. For that reason, the tooth underneath the crown has to be reduced. It has to securely fit the tooth. Otherwise, bacteria will just enter the vulnerable tooth structure. When preparing your tooth for dental crown placement, your dentist will remove the exact amount of the tooth and filling material. At this stage, your dentist may find tooth decay under your old filling. If this is true to your case, the decay must be removed first. Then your dentist adds composite core on the tooth.
Once it is complete, your dentist will shape your tooth, producing a fine margin around the core of your tooth. This stage is crucial as it requires an exact amount of the tooth to be removed. It is also where the dentist will take the most time to complete the dental crown placement.
Do You Need a Temporary Crown?
Some patients may not wish to have a temporary crown. However, it is not just a cosmetic necessarily but it is vital to protect the prepared tooth. Without it, your tooth may start to shift that may affect the outcome of the permanent crown placement. If the tooth shifts, the permanent crown may not fit properly to the tooth. It takes up to 7 days for your permanent crown to be ready. Once the permanent crown is placed, it is vital that you take care of it. The dental crown can withstand biting, grinding and chewing. But it is not indestructible.
If you wish to know more about dental crowns or you would want to have one, please contact or dental crown experts at Fallbrook Village Dental: (760) 723-3535.