If you have a tooth that has been damaged by an issue like tooth decay, grinding, or oral trauma, it’s important to get treatment from your dentist as soon as possible to restore your smile and prevent further complications.
The Basics Of Dental Crowns
A dental crown is, essentially, a false tooth that is designed to attach to your natural tooth. Our dental crowns are made out of a durable porcelain material that will be customized and matched to the exact color of your teeth.
In preparation for the procedure, your damaged tooth will be trimmed to remove any decayed enamel and create a strong, stable platform onto which the crown can be attached. Next, the dentist will take impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental lab where your crown will be made. This usually takes 2-3 weeks, so you’ll be sent home with a temporary crown to protect your tooth in the meantime.
Once your crown has been completed, you’ll come back into our office to have it permanently attached with dental cement.
Do I Need A Dental Crown?
There are a few reasons that your dentist may recommend a dental crown. If you have a large cavity or a large filling that is starting to fail, a crown is usually the best way to restore and protect the tooth from further decay.
Dental crowns are also a good option if your tooth has been seriously cracked and damaged due to oral trauma. Crowns can help prevent damaged teeth from becoming infected and restore their shape and structure.
Similarly, dental crowns are usually required after a root canal is used to treat an infected tooth. By covering up the remaining enamel with a crown, the tooth’s interior is protected, which prevents it from becoming reinfected.
Crowns may also sometimes be used for primarily cosmetic purposes. Very small or misshapen teeth may not be treatable with veneers, or a severely stained tooth may need to be completely covered up. Porcelain crowns are ideal for restoring these teeth because they can easily improve a tooth’s appearance and function.
What is an Alternative To Getting A Dental Crown?
If you have a severely damaged, decayed, or infected tooth, there is no alternative to a dental crown.
While it may be possible to extract your tooth and replace it, Dr. Bancroft practices conservative dentistry. She will not recommend tooth extraction unless there is no other option, so a crown is typically the best choice for restoring your damaged tooth.
However, if you have a minor cavity, it may be possible to get a filling or a dental inlay or onlay instead of a crown.
Advanced Dental Care for Crowns
We use high-quality materials such as ceramics from Empress restorations, ensuring that your tooth looks completely natural and that your restoration remains strong and durable for years to come. Stop by our office at 12750 Carmel Country Road, Suite 206, San Diego, CA 92130, or call us at (858) 755-3780 to get started.