Damage to the tooth (or several teeth) is often unavoidable. Our teeth may chip, crack, become stained, develop deep cavities or become weakened over time. If it’s a minor problem such as a mildly discolored or slightly mottled tooth, we may recommend veneers. However, if the issue is more significant, then the most suitable treatment would be dental crowns.
At Lifetime Dental, we have performed this procedure numerous times. Patients with broken teeth, severely discolored teeth and those who require dental implants have benefited greatly from crowns.
Types of Dental Crowns
There are many types of dental crowns available and they are classified based on the materials used to make them. There are stainless steel crowns, gold crowns, porcelain fused to metal crowns, ceramic crowns and porcelain crowns. They are also further subdivided into temporary and permanent crowns.
When you come to our office here in Rancho Cucamonga, Dr. Afzali will discuss with you all these options so you can choose which one is best for your specific situation.
Preparing Your Tooth
If it’s determined that you need dental crowns, during your initial consultation, your tooth will be anesthetized so you won’t feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure. The chewing surface of this tooth will then be filed down, along with the sides. This is necessary to ensure that the crown can be placed over the tooth.
Afterwards, a mold will be used to create an impression of the tooth and this is sent to the laboratory where your crown will be created. The time it takes to manufacture your crown varies, but usually it should not be longer than 3 weeks. In the meantime, you will be given a temporary crown.
When it’s ready, we will give you a call and schedule another appointment so that the crown can be installed. A local anesthetic will again be used to numb the gum and tooth and then the crown will be cemented in place.
A dental crown can make a big difference to the appearance of your teeth. Not only that, but it can also improve its function. Cracked, chipped, weak and spaced tooth can affect your ability to chew your food. They can even have an impact in the way you speak. All these can be resolved when you get a dental crown.
Get in touch with us by calling (909) 483-0812 so we can examine your teeth and recommend the appropriate treatment.