Tooth Restorations Using Dental Crowns
If you are experiencing problems with your teeth, a dental crown procedure may help to fix them. The procedure involves placing a prosthetic dental crown on your damaged, or in some cases, missing tooth, which helps to restore its function and appearance. At Dublin Family Dental we offer dental crown procedures to patients suffering from various dental problems, thus helping them to regain their teeth function and smiles. If you are considering the procedure, read on to find out more about it, and how the crowns work.
When Does a Dental Crown Procedure Become Necessary?
A dental crown procedure is usually used when a tooth is severely damaged, such that it cannot be saved by other conservative restorative dental solutions such as root canal, dental fillings, and onlays & inlays. In such a situation, the prosthetic crown (tooth) is placed over the natural tooth, helping to hide its damage, and fully restoring its strength and form. For example, a badly decayed or fractured tooth, or one whose filling/root canal procedure has malfunctioned might only be saved using a dental crown.
A dental crown procedure can also be necessary when you have lost one or more teeth. In such cases, prosthetic teeth are used to replace the missing ones during either a dental implant or dental bridge placement procedure.
Lastly, dental crowns can be used for cosmetic reasons. When placed on top of a tooth experiencing cosmetic flaws (for example, staining, cracks, decay, fracture, etc.), a crown will cover these flaws, giving the tooth back its original look.
What is the Process for Getting a Dental Crown?
A dental crown procedure is usually carried out in two visits. During the first visit, dental images are taken to observe the damage and make a treatment plan. An impression of your teeth is then taken, which will be used for the custom fabrication of a crown. Alternatively, a model of your teeth can be created using the dental images and used for custom-creation of a crown.
During this first visit, your damaged tooth is prepared for the installation of the crown. The installation involves removing the damaged parts, in case of tooth decay. The tooth is then reshaped by removing a part of the enamel. The reshaping helps to reduce the size of the tooth so that it will regain its original shape and size once a crown is placed on top. After reshaping, a temporary dental crown is placed on top of the tooth. This helps to offer the tooth protection, while at the same time, allowing you to enjoy normal mouth functions.
During the second visit, the temporary dental crown is removed and replaced by a permanent, custom-created one. The installation of this permanent crown is done under local anesthetic, which helps to make the process more comfortable for you. During the installation, some resizing of the crown might be done, to ensure that it has a perfect fit. It is then cemented onto the natural tooth, forming a strong and permanent bond with it.
At Dublin Family Dental we are committed to offering you high-quality dental crowns that will solve your dental problems. Call us today at (925) 587-4417 to schedule an appointment.