We all hope to keep our teeth all our lives, but over the years, teeth can sometimes become damaged or decayed. Many years ago, this often meant people would have to get a tooth pulled. But with today’s modern dentistry, dental crowns can repair a damaged or decayed tooth.
Dental crowns also strengthen the tooth structure so you have full function of your tooth. In addition, dental crowns look natural and are virtually undetectable from your other teeth.
If your dentist tells you that you need a dental crown, you might be wondering what steps are involved. Let’s take a look at what your Van Nuys dentist does during the dental crowns procedure.
The Dental Crown Process
When your dentist recommends a dental crown, the first step is to prepare the tooth. Although some of the original tooth structure will be removed, enough of the existing tooth structure will remain so a crown is supported.
Next, your dentist will take an impression of the area to be crowned. In the past, this might have meant sending the impression out to a lab where the crown would be fabricated. At The Dental Care Center, we use CEREC technology to create dental crowns in-house. Your crown will be ready the same day you come in so the entire procedure is handled in one appointment.
When your crown is ready, it will be placed on the tooth structure and checked for comfort and fit. Once it feels natural to bite down on it, the crown will be permanently cemented into place.
Why You Might Need a Dental Crown
In many cases, if you have a large filling in your mouth—usually in the back molars—it can cause your tooth to fracture over time. Because the filling is so big, not enough of the original tooth structure remains to replace the filling. A dental crown will not only save your tooth, but it will also strengthen the tooth structure.
Crowns are also needed after a root canal removes infected pulp from your tooth. Again, a dental crown will save your tooth and make it strong again.
A dental crown can also repair a tooth that is cracked from an injury or from normal wear and tear.
Contact The Dental Care Center if You Need a Dental Crown
Find out more about getting dental crowns by talking to Dr. Peter Suh, your Van Nuys dentist. Call our office today!