Dental Crowns in Fullerton, CA
Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration and others. If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can help you recover your smile. If your dentist notices that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened/cracked a crown may be necessary to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth. In cases like this a filling or bonding will not be sufficient.
Crowns can be made from gold, porcelain fused to metal, or all porcelain. Gold is the best for strength and can be made with a minimal amount of reduction of the tooth. The disadvantage is that it is gold color. Porcelain fused to metal is tooth colored, but requires twice as much reduction of tooth structure than gold and can chip. There can sometimes be a gray shadow at the gumline for these types of crown. Then there are all porcelain crowns which look the best, but can chip or break. It would be best to consult with your dentist to determine which crown is best for you.
The process of installing a crown takes 2-3 visits to the dentist. On the first visit the tooth will be reshaped by filing down the enamel so that the crown can be placed over it. You will be given a local anesthetic before this part of the procedure so that you do not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been reshaped, a mold will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. This mold will be sent to a dental lab so that your new crown can be made so that it fits in the spot created for it and looks the same relative to the surrounding teeth. Before leaving, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready.
The crown takes about 2-3 weeks to be returned to your dentist. At this time you will have another appointment to place and fit the permanent crown. You may or may not require local anesthetic to numb the area and the crown will be placed using a cement to ensure the tooth sets in place. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Call us today if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.