A dental crown is a tooth shaped cover or “cap” that a tooth wears permanently – like how a hat/crown covers your head. The crown protects the tooth to re-establish its size, shape, power, and improve your smile. Crowns are permanent prosthetic devices that are cemented or implanted on a tooth by a dentist.
Dental Crowns in Southern California
Why do you Need a Dental Crown?
- Protect a weak tooth from decaying or breaking.
- Re-establish and hold together parts a severely damaged tooth.
- Coat and maintain a tooth that has large fillings.
- Cover-up unshaped and discolored tooth.
- Make a cosmetic adjustment.
- Hold a dental bridge in place.
- Cover a dental implant.
How does your Dentist Place a Crown?
- The dentist prepares the tooth by cleaning it, removing decay, and reducing the size of the tooth so a crown would fit.
- The dentist creates an impression to mold a precise model for the crown.
- A patient gets a temporary crown while a permanent crown is ordered to be made. A permanent crown usually takes 1-2 weeks to be ready.
- When the permanent crown is ready, the dentist places it on the tooth and makes essential adjustments. When the patient is pleased on how it looks, the dentist cements it on the tooth.
How Long Does A Crown Last?
It varies. To avoid damage to the crown, brush your teeth twice a day and floss frequently to remove any plaque. Also, make sure to make an appointment with your doctor regularly for professional teeth cleaning and check-ups.