Dental crowns are very common in dentistry. In fact, many of our patients come from different areas of Los Angeles simply because we offer dental crown procedures that are affordable and often have low cost out-of- pocket expenses.
What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are essentially “caps” that are placed over top of an existing tooth and cemented into place so that they move and function as a normal part of it. Crowns are shaped much like natural teeth, and are also created to match the color of your surrounding teeth as much as possible. As such, it is virtually impossible for others to distinguish dental crowns from natural teeth.
Teeth that have become damaged or decayed may change in size and shape, which can ultimately affect their function. The solution is often to have dental crowns placed over top of teeth to enhance their appearance and help them perform better. Dental crowns provide a number of benefits for the Dentist Mt Eden patients who have them.
When are Dental Crowns Used?
Crowns are typically used whenever teeth become severely cracked or chipped in order to prevent future damage. They may be placed for cosmetic reasons such changing the shape of a tooth or whitening teeth that are severely discolored due to medications. Dental crowns can also be needed over top of a dental implant or to help hold a dental bridge in place. They are typically placed only on adult teeth because they are permanent fixtures.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Those with severely cracked teeth may experience sensitivity or extreme pain while chewing, but dental crowns tend to eliminate both types of discomfort. They often prevent the future loss of a tooth by protecting it from further damage. Dental crowns are very comfortable to wear, as those who have them do not even notice they are there. They also last for several years, and are relatively easy to care for.
How are Crowns Placed?
Two visits to Dentist Mt Eden are needed to place dental crowns. During the first visit, a mold of the tooth will be taken so the crown can be created in a dental laboratory. Next, a temporary crown will be put into position to ensure the tooth does not change in size or shape while the permanent one is being made. At the second visit, the temporary crown will be removed, and then the tooth polished and shaped. The permanent crown is then cemented into position, and a special curing light is used to help bond the dental adhesive to the top of the tooth.
How to Care for a Dental Crown
Dental crowns last longer when good oral hygiene is practiced. For this reason, you should brush and floss on a regular basis, and have regular dental check-ups and cleanings. Avoiding eating chewy or sticky foods on the same side as your dental crown, as this might cause it to become loosened. You should also avoid crunching ice, using your teeth to open objects or biting your fingernails.
If you are concerned by a misshapen or damaged tooth, having a dental crown could be just what you need to restore it to its former glory. Schedule an appointment today at Dentist Mt Eden, to see if dental crowns could be the right option for you.