How Is A Dental Crown Beneficial For Your Oral Health?
Dental crowns are an effective way to fill gaps between teeth and enhance your smile and confidence in case you have damaged or missing teeth. Once put in place, a crown also helps you bite and chew with better efficiency, which in turn makes a positive impact on other systems in your body such as the digestive system.
The “crown” in a dental crown means a “cap” or a cover that a dentist places on your tooth. A crown restores the tooth to its regular size, function, shape, and makes it stronger.
At Mesa Family Dental, Dr. Touran Davoudi, a leading dentist in San Diego, offers different kinds of crown styles depending on your budget, body chemistry, and aesthetic preferences.
When Do You Require A Crown?
A crown may be needed for the following reasons:
- You have a cavity that’s too large for a dental filling
- Need a bridge for your missing tooth
- To cover a dental implant
- To address a weakened, worn or cracked teeth or tooth
- For post-root canal therapy to protect restored tooth
- Cover badly-shaped or discolored tooth and enhance your smile
Composition Of A Dental Crown
Different types of materials are used to make crowns. They may use metal alloys, porcelain, composite resin, ceramics, or a combination of these materials. And to make the crown natural in appearance, the material of the crown is colored to match the color of your natural teeth.
Your dentist will try to create a crown that fits your mouth perfectly and also looks natural. The choice of material depends on your tooth’s location, your preference, the position of gum tissue, the proportion of tooth that will be visible on smiling, shade and color of the tooth, and the tooth’s function.
How Does Your Dentist Place The Crown?
A dentist usually requires two visits to complete the procedure, which requires several steps.
First, the outer portion of your tooth is removed so that the crown can fit with precision. Decay, if found, is removed. Your dentist may build up the core of your tooth if additional tooth structure is required to support the crown.
Then an impression is made to produce the exact model for the crown. A laboratory technician or the dentist uses this model to make crown.
While the permanent crown is being made, you receive a temporary one for about two weeks. During this time, the tooth may feel sensitive to cold and hot temperatures. Patients also need to avoid chewing gum or sticky substances.
The dentist places the permanent crown in your mouth and makes required adjustments. The patient provides his final assessment about the look and feel of the crown before it is cemented into its place.
How Should You Care For Your Crown?
After a dental crown has been placed, you can follow the check-list given below to prevent damage to the crown:
- Floss once a day and brush two times to get rid of the sticky film of bacteria called plaque
- Use oral care products that have the seal of acceptance from the American Dental Association
- Try not to chew hard food items and ice—doubly important for tooth-colored crowns
- Ensure regular dental exams and teeth cleanings
If you have teeth with gaps, or they are infected or damaged, and you need a dental crown, please get in touch with Mesa Family Dental where Dr. Davoudi and her staff will provide you with the necessary information. Dr. Davoudi is a specialist in orthodontics, lumineers/veneers, LANAP, and dental implants. She is also a preferred provider for Invisalign and has completed more than 1300 Invisalign cases in San Diego since the last 10 years.