A crown is a cap placed over a tooth to restore function and appearance. The crown fits snugly over the tooth, completely encasing the tooth. At La Mesa Dental Services, a crown is recommended when a large cavity threatens the health of a tooth, when a cracked or broken tooth needs to be restored or to correct a tooth that is misaligned. While crowns can be made of gold and other metals, today, most crowns are made of ceramic material that can match your teeth color.
The Dental Crown Placement Procedure
First, your dentist will trim and shape your tooth to fit appropriately under the crown made from restorative materials. After preparing the tooth for the crown, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth so that a skilled dental laboratory technician can use that impression to create your permanent crown. In the meantime, your dentist will place a temporary crown on your tooth to protect and restore it while you wait for your permanent crown to be completed. During your second visit, the temporary crown will be removed, and the permanent one will be carefully cemented. Your dentist will make any necessary adjustments to ensure a proper fit and that your bite is comfortable.
The Benefits of Dental Crowns
A dental crown is often used to cover a tooth that has decayed or damaged and to protect the remaining tooth structure from further harm. Compared to fillings, crowns offer a much more natural look and can be color-matched to the rest of your teeth. This can yield a more aesthetically-pleasing result that can dramatically enhance your smile.
Dental crowns can also improve the functionality of teeth damaged due to bite issues or wear and tear over time. Your dentist may recommend a crown to correct these issues and restore normal oral functioning. This will allow you to chew and speak appropriately with fixed function and better overall health.
Finally, crowns may also be used to repair dental implants and bridges installed in your mouth. These procedures replace missing teeth with natural-looking restorations that look and feel like natural teeth. A dental crown can protect your remaining tooth structure and improve your smile's appearance and functionality.
A crown can restore the appearance and function of a tooth that has been damaged or worn down over time. Visit La Mesa Dental Services at 6663 El Cajon Blvd Suite C/D, San Diego, 92115, or call (619) 871-5001 to schedule an appointment. Our dentist can determine if you’re a candidate for this procedure during a consultation.