The dentist uses a crown, which is a “cap” that helps to restore the tooth to its normal function, size, and shape. This helps the tooth to get stronger, also improving the way it looks.
When do you need a crown?
The reason that you need a crown are:
- If there is a cavity that is too large for a filling
- If there is worn down, cracked, or weakened the tooth
- If you had root canal treatment, then the crown will act as a protection to the restored tooth
- If you want to cover poorly shaped or discolored tooth improving your smile
What are crowns made of?
Crowns are made of different types of materials. The materials usually used are metal alloys, porcelain, ceramics, composite resin, or porcelain fused to metal. These materials are colored to match the natural teeth and made to fit comfortably. While choosing the right material for tooth, some factors are taken into consideration, such as your preference, the tooth’s function and location, the position of the gum tissue, the teeth that are shown when you smile, the color or shade of the tooth.
What is the process of placing a crown?
It requires two dental visits to complete the procedure. The outer part of the tooth and decay (if any) is removed by the dentist to fit the crown. The core of the tooth is built up for any additional tooth structure to support the crown. An impression is taken by a digital scanning, to make an exact model of the crown.
A temporary crown is placed while you wait for the permanent crown to be ready. Teeth might feel sensitive to hot and cold while using the temporary crown. As soon as the new crown gets prepared, the dentist places it in your mouth and makes all the necessary adjustments.
How to care for teeth?
There are different ways to prevent damage to the crown and the cavities as well, such as:
- Brush at least twice a day
- Clean the spaces between the teeth every day
- Use oral care products that meet ADA standards for better effectiveness and safety
- Do not chew hard foods, especially when you have crowns.
- Get your teeth regularly examined by your dentist.
Call us at 209-823-1777 or schedule an online appointment with Dr. Akutagawa for a consultation at our office in Manteca, CA.