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Dental Crown in Grover Beach, CA

 

What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth. The cap restores the tooth's shape and size, strength, and appearance.

The crowns, when cemented into place, cover the visible portion of a tooth.

 

Reasons for a Crown

A dental crown may be needed to:

  • Protect a weak tooth (for example, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth.

  • Restore a broken tooth or a severely worn down tooth.

  • Replace a large filling when there is not enough tooth remaining.

  • Hold a dental bridge in place.

  • Cover misshaped or severely discolored teeth.

  • Cover a tooth treated with a root canal.

The cap restores the tooth's shape and size, strength, and appearance.

 

Procedure

Several steps are involved, and two dental visits are generally needed to complete the treatment:

  • The dentist prepares the tooth by removing its outer portion. Any decay is removed, If additional tooth structure is needed to support the crown, the dentist may build up the core of the tooth.

  • An impression is made to have an exact model for the crown.

  • A temporary crown is made and placed. While you have the temporary crown, the tooth may be sensitive to hot and cold. Also avoid chewing gum or sticky foods. Our temporary restorations will resemble your natural teeth.

  • Usually after 1 week, we place the permanent crown and make the necessary adjustments. Once you and the dentist are satisfied with how it looks and feels, the crown is cemented in place.

Does a crowned tooth require any special care?

While a crowned tooth does not require any special care, it is important to keep your gums and teeth healthy by brushing at least twice a day for two minutes and flossing daily.

Avoid chewing hard foods, ice or hard objects, such as pencils.

Also, remember that regular checkups and professional cleanings are just as necessary to make sure you maintain your optimum health.