Dental crowns are fixed prosthetic devices that are used to fix tooth problems. It is a cap-like device that will cover a damaged tooth to bring back its strength and enhance its appearance, shape, and alignment.
Here at Lifetime Dental in Rancho Cucamonga, we strongly recommend dental crowns to our patients to protect their frail tooth from breaking, to restore a large filling, as well as to cap a tooth that has been treated with root canal or dental implant.
The entire procedure usually takes two visits to our dental office. The first appointment is to thoroughly examine and prepare the tooth. The second visit is the placement of the permanent crown.
- During your first visit, Dr. Afzali may take some x-rays of your teeth to examine the roots and tissues surrounding the tooth. X-rays can also determine if there is extensive decay. If it’s found that the area might be prone to some infections, a root canal therapy must be performed first before a crown can be placed.
- A local anesthetic is administered to numb the surrounding area of the tooth. This is to prepare the tooth for a thorough cleaning.
- Your tooth will then be filed and some enamel will be removed so that the crown can fit in between your teeth.
- Afterwards, a mold will be created for your crown. Dental putty is used to make an impression of the tooth that will receive the crown. This mold will be sent to a dental laboratory where your custom crown will be manufactured. Dental crowns will take a few days or even a few weeks to be made so a temporary crown will be placed over your tooth to protect it while waiting for the permanent crown to be placed.
- During this time, your dentist may advise you to avoid chewing hard food as well as food that stick to your teeth to avoid pulling the temporary crown.
- On your second visit, your temporary crown will be removed and your permanent crown will take its place. Your dentist will make sure that the crown fits perfectly over the tooth before cementing it in place.
Our aim is to help our patients have perfect, healthy and strong teeth and this is why at Lifetime Dental we always recommend the best treatment option for everyone. If you have problems with the aesthetics and function of your tooth, you could benefit from a dental crown. Please call us at (909) 483-0812 to learn more.