Before getting dental crowns or any restorative dentistry it’s natural that you might have questions. Our San Diego, CA, dentists Dr. Daniel Stevens, Dr. Christina Tsang and Dr. Vahid Tabibzadeh are here to answer all of your questions and address your concerns before undergoing dental treatment. Here are some common dental crown-related questions,
What is the purpose of a dental crown?
This hollow cap is made to fit over the visible part of a damaged or misshapen tooth to restore strength and functionality back into the tooth without causing further damage. The crown becomes the tooth’s new outer layer and it’s designed to look just like the crown of a tooth.
Why is a dental crown needed?
Our San Diego family dentists may recommend getting a dental crown if you have a tooth that is severely decayed, weak, misshapen, severely discolored or needs to undergo root canal therapy. In many instances, weak or damaged teeth can benefit from getting a dental crown.
How is a dental crown placed?
Before the crown is placed, we will need to prepare the tooth by removing enamel and reshaping the tooth so that the crown can fit over it. Since tooth preparation is pretty significant this will be performed under local anesthesia to numb the area prior to reshaping the tooth. Impressions will also be taken of the tooth to create your dental crown.
It can take a couple of weeks to get your dental crown, so a temporary crown will be placed in the meantime until the permanent crown can be fitted and then cemented into place.
How long do dental crowns last?
A crown can last anywhere for many years, depending on factors including how well you care for your teeth, your oral hygiene and whether you grind your teeth. Good oral hygiene is paramount to maintaining your restoration for as long as possible.
Whether you need to schedule your next dental cleaning or you want to talk to us about ways to restore and improve your smile, the dental team at Omni Dental in San Diego, CA, is happy to listen to your needs and help you choose the proper solution for achieving the smile you want.