DENTAL CROWNS (CAPS)
Everything in life goes through everyday wear and tear, and your teeth are no exception. If your tooth has been worn down by an injury, cavity, or just through the progression of time, it may be time to have a dental crown put in. Also, if you are suffering from sensitivity or pain in one of your teeth, this could be the remedy you are looking for.
A dental crown, or dental cap, is a synthetic covering meant to cover a damaged tooth. Whether your tooth has fractured as a result of an injury, decay, or as a result of a separate dental procedure such as a root canal, a crown gives the tooth what it needs to function again.
Types of Dental Crowns
- Ceramic or Porcelain: These are a popular option for when you want a crown that’s robust but still matches your tooth color. Porcelain crowns–which account for most ceramic crowns–can be chipped more easily, but they can work as a natural, sturdy alternative to metal. In some cases, they can even be fused with metal for extra strength.
- Metal or Gold: The sturdiest and longest-lasting crown option, metal crowns are also easier to implement. However, due to their color, most patients prefer to use them on less visible teeth. For patients who don’t mind the noticeable color, there are gold options available.
- Resin: A more affordable option that still holds up to chips and damage just as well as the other options. The only difference is a lack of longevity; they may need to be replaced now and again.
What are the Benefits of a Dental Crown?
Simply put, a dental crown can get your tooth working again. Crowns restore damaged teeth so that you can keep using them, fixing over any damages that may have accumulated while protecting the tooth against further damage. In addition, our crowns can match the color of your smile, so no one will be able to tell it’s there. So chew safely, and smile confidently with crowns you can trust.
How Do I Know if I Need a Dental Crown?
If you have a weak, decaying, or worn tooth, you may need a dental crown. If your tooth can no longer function as it should, this treatment may be what you need.
Keep in mind that every patient is different. Dr. Patel will perform a thorough oral exam, including various tests, to ensure a crown is what you need. In addition, we do everything in our power to make sure you are educated about every facet of our procedure so you know for sure you are getting the treatment you need.
What Can I Expect from the Procedure?
The exact process depends on the patient. During your appointment in Bloomington, Dr. Patel will take all of your needs into account. If there are any other treatments your tooth needs, these will be handled before the crown placement.
The first appointment is primarily about preparation for the crown.
- Our dentist will examine your tooth to see if there is any treatment it needs beforehand.
- A numbing agent will be administered to your tooth, and it will be shaped down until it’s ready for the procedure.
- An impression of your trimmed tooth, and the surrounding teeth, will be taken.
- A temporary crown will be placed on the tooth while the impression is sent to a lab, where the crown will be created.
- After a few weeks, you will come in for a second appointment, where the crown will be applied.
- The height may need some adjustment, but once it fits, it will be cemented into place.
How Should I Take Care of the Temporary Crown?
As the adhesive is not meant to stand up to any substantial wear and tear, you should be careful with the tooth in question while the temporary crown is in place. Brush as usual, but when you floss, make sure you pull the floss out of the side of the tooth instead of trying to pull it upward. This could dislodge the crown.
If something happens to the temporary crown before the new one is placed, make sure to call your dentist, and we will add a new one.
Dental Crown Patient Before & Afters
What can I expect from the Recovery Process?
Following the procedure, you may experience some discomfort or swelling. Try to avoid hard or sticky foods for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
You should schedule a routine check-up so Dr. Patel can monitor the crown for any issues. The crown may need to be adjusted if necessary.
Valley Alder dentist is the perfect place to find a dental crown that fits you perfectly. If you have any questions on what we can do for you or any other clients in Bloomington and Fontana, CA, don’t hesitate to call today!