Do you find yourself hiding your smile because of a decayed or broken tooth that makes tasks like speaking and eating difficult? At Robert E. Anderson, D.D.S. in Placerville, California, we can ease discomfort and restore your smile with a dental crown restoration.
What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a vital device that can repair a failing or broken tooth. It is attached over an existing tooth that has been impaired and cannot be fixed with a filling. Dental crowns are designed to perform the functions of a natural tooth and enhance the overall condition of your mouth so that you can have a permanent solution to a compromised tooth. Crowns can also boost the strength of your teeth while making them look aesthetically pleasant.
How Can Dental Crowns Help?
There are several conditions that can be resolved with dental crowns, including:
- Repair decayed or cracked teeth
- Fill gaps and spaces between teeth
- Whiten severely stained or discolored teeth
- Protect weak teeth from fracturing
- Cover damaged teeth
- Restore misshapen teeth
- Conceal a dental implant
- Provide cosmetic enhancement
- Protect teeth with large fillings
- Reinforces a tooth after a root canal treatment
What Is the Procedure for Getting a Crown?
The placement of a crown will involve two dental visits. During the first appointment, Dr. Anderson will prepare your affected tooth and take impressions to fabricate the new crown. Before that, any decay and old filling material are removed from your tooth in the most conservative way possible. Meanwhile, we will secure a temporary crown to protect the prepared tooth. We will take care to ensure your new restoration matches your existing teeth.
When the final crown is ready, it will be fixed on the tooth. We will perform a bite test to check its fit. After everything is satisfactory, we will attach the crown using dental adhesives.
Dental Crown Aftercare
Once the crown is in position, ensure proper dental care. While a crown restores a tooth and reinforces its defenses against wear and tear, no tooth is everlasting. However, a quality crown restoration can last almost a decade with efficient, adequate supervision. In addition, avoid other harmful behaviors that might damage the dental crown, such as jaw clenching, teeth grinding, and eating hard, brittle foods.
How Long Do Crowns Last?
Although modern crowns are durable, there is no replacing the durability of a natural tooth. Most crowns last for ten years and more before needing to be replaced. A crown’s location in your mouth also plays a decisive factor in its longevity.
To learn more about our dental crown restorations, visit our office, Robert E. Anderson, D.D.S., at 4300 Golden Center Dr, Suite G, in Placerville, CA 95667. You can also reach us at (530) 622-9068 and schedule an appointment.