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A dental crown can function as both a cosmetic and oral health solution for damaged or imperfect natural teeth. Dental crowns cover the natural tooth, offering extra protection and a natural-looking solution to provide the smile you want.
Crowns, also known as dental caps, are also a lasting solution. With proper care, your crown can last more than 10 years. That means you can enjoy a natural-looking, healthier, more beautiful smile for a decade or more with this one long-lasting treatment. Crowns may be used to provide a natural tooth with an extra layer of protection. Caps may also function as the support mechanism for a dental bridge.
Caring for your crown means following your dentist’s instructions on how to brush and floss properly. You should also avoid grinding your teeth, chewing hard objects, or biting your nails. This will prolong the durability and lifespan of your crown.
The Placement Process
At Brentwood Dental Group, we can place a crown in as little as two visits. The first step in the placement process is to prepare the natural tooth. We use X-rays to determine if there is any damage which should be corrected prior to placement. If, for instance, there is decay or infection which could compromise the success of treatment, we will first correct those issues. Special dental materials may also be used to strengthen the foundation for your crown.
To prepare for the crown, the natural tooth is reshaped and filed down. This guarantees a comfortable fit for the crown so your treatment will last for years. After the tooth is reshaped, we will take an impression of your tooth. From this impression, a custom crown is made that will fit your reshaped tooth like a glove, match the color and size of your neighboring teeth, and align with your smile and bite. The crown is made over the course of two to three weeks. To protect your natural tooth during this time, we will place a temporary crown over your natural tooth before you leave your first visit.
During the second visit, Dr. Rostami will place your permanent crown. Anesthetic is applied to ensure your treatment is pain-free. Once the crown is placed, we will go over all instructions for follow-up care. Last, all that remains is for you to enjoy your gorgeous new smile for years to come!
To learn if dental crowns may be the right solution for you, please call us today.