What Are Tooth Crowns
Palo Alto, CA
Having damaged teeth can be very uncomfortable and inconvenient for a person. Aside from the fact that it can affect the person’s appearance, damaged teeth can also alter the teeth and mouth’s natural function. Fortunately, people with these problems now have plenty of options for fixing their teeth with the application of dental crowns. Crowns are dental restorations that protect broken, cracked, or otherwise damaged teeth. Dental crowns are placed on the tooth to restore its size and shape and approve its appearance and strength. They are restorations that protect cracked, or damaged teeth, preserving its functionality. Palo Alto Oral Health will help strengthen your existing damaged tooth and maintain its functionality.
How Do Dental Crowns Work?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap or cover that is placed over a damaged tooth. Its main purpose is to improve the tooth’s appearance by covering stains, holding together broken teeth, and hiding misshapen teeth. They are usually fabricated in a dental laboratory. And while the patient waits for the permanent crown to be completed, a temporary crown may be worn in place.
What is the Procedure Like?
You’ll likely have a consultation with our professionals first to discuss your treatment options. Then, our dentist will prepare your tooth for the crown. First, any tooth decay is cleaned from the tooth and then it is reshaped using a special dental drill. Once your tooth is prepared (usually tapered so that the crown can sit covering the outside of it), our professionals will create a mold of your tooth using a special putty. The mold is then sent to a professional laboratory where it is used to create your new crown. This process of creating the new custom crown usually takes two to three weeks. In the meantime, our professionals will place a temporary crown on your tooth to cover and protect it.
When the custom crown arrives, you will visit our professionals for the second time. Our professionals will then remove your temporary crown and prepare your tooth’s surface by roughening it with dental etching acid. This way, the dental cement will have a suitable surface to which it will bond. The crown will be placed over your tooth to be sure it matches your smile and that the shape and color are correct. Once the way your restoration looks and fits is acceptable, our professionals will cement it onto your original tooth.
How Long Do They Last?
How long your crown lasts depends a great deal upon how well you take care of your teeth. Crowns require the same kind of attention and care as natural teeth. If you have a good oral hygiene regimen, do not grind your teeth, maintain a healthy diet, and make regular visits to our professionals for checkups and cleanings, crowns can last 10 to 15 years.
Schedule an Appointment for a Palo Alto Dental Crown
The dental crown procedure is considered one of the most sought-after dental procedures today. Instead of just improving the appearance of the tooth, it also restores the natural function. If you're around Palo Alto and want to find out how you may be able to benefit from crowns, call Palo Alto Oral Health at (650) 321-9693 today!