Serving Encinitas and Mammoth Lakes, CA
Dental Crowns act as tooth savers. Sometimes when a tooth has extensive damage, dentists are able to repair the damage but still not be able to save the tooth. This can be due in part to there not being enough remaining healthy tooth mass. Often times a crown can be placed on the tooth to give it the needed strength and function required to avoid extracting it. We invite you to contact our Encinitas or Mammoth Lakes location to schedule an appointment with Dr. Comfort to see if a dental crown is right for you.
What is a Crown?
Crowns used to be called “caps” because they are like a cap covering the natural tooth all the way down to the gumline. Crowns used to be made of gold alloy, and this made them very visible. Dr. Comfort uses crowns made of dental porcelain, so they look very natural. If a tooth has either an overly large filling or other serious damage, it may not survive without a crown.
This prosthetic provides strength for chewing and daily use. Crowns can also help misshapen teeth, fill gaps between teeth and are used as anchors when bridges are needed.
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What Can You Correct With A Crown?
- Teeth with very large fillings
- Chipped teeth
- Heavily decayed teeth
- Severely worn teeth (maybe from bruxism)
- Severely discolored teeth
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Teeth that have had a root canal
- Teeth on both sides of a bridge
What Is The Process of Placing A Crown?
Having a tooth crowned takes two appointments. The first appointment involves preparing the tooth by removing the decay and cleaning all of the damaged areas. Next, 1-2 mm of the tooth’s enamel is removed on all sides and is necessary to make room for the crown to fit over the tooth. Once the tooth is prepared, we take impressions and photos for the dental lab to use when creating your porcelain crown. This process usually takes one to two weeks, and we place a temporary crown onto your tooth for the interim period.
Once your crown is delivered to our offices, we will call you to schedule your second appointment. At this appointment, Dr. Comfort will check your new crown for its color match with your adjacent teeth. Then he’ll check the fit, making minor adjustments as needed. He may place the crown with temporary cement if you want to feel the fit for a couple of days. When you are both satisfied, the crown is permanently cemented onto your tooth and you’re good to go. You can use the newly crowned tooth immediately.
How Long Will a Crown Last?
The lifespan of a crown is usually contingent upon the natural tooth under it. If that tooth and the surrounding gum tissue are well cared for and healthy, your crown should last up to 20 years.
How Do I Care For A Dental Crown
Brushing twice daily and flossing are all that is required.
Are There Any Risks Involved?
This is a very low risk procedure as there are no incisions and little risk of infection.
In need of a dental crown in Encinitas or Mammoth Lakes, California? Contact our office today!