Your teeth work hard every day through regular activities, so it’s no surprise that they are easily vulnerable to damage from normal wear and tear. Often this type of damage is not severe enough to necessitate tooth extraction, but it may require some repair to preserve the tooth enamel and keep your smile healthy. Dental crowns are a solution to this problem that can offer aesthetic appeal, preservation of the natural tooth, and comfort while eating and speaking.
Here is an outline of the crown treatment process to get you prepared for your new restoration.
- Impressions are taken of the teeth: In order to ensure a proper fit of the crown on the tooth, precise molds of your bite will be taken during the initial office visit for your procedure. Taking an impression of the whole bite ensures not only that the crown fits, but that it will function flawlessly with the natural teeth.
- A temporary crown is applied: Temporary crowns are designed so they can be applied in the first office visit, so they may not be a seamless fit for your bite. Still, they will increase your comfort until the permanent restoration is crafted in the lab.
- Your permanent crown is bonded to the tooth: Your second office visit for dental crowning will begin with the removal of your temporary crown and thorough cleaning of the tooth. The permanent crown will be carefully placed and measured to ensure that it will not disturb your smile. Crowns may be made from porcelain, metal, or composites, and the best option will depend on your need for durability and aesthetics.
If you want to see what a dental crown can do for the health of your smile, schedule a consultation with Redondo Beach Dental Group. Contact us online or call (310) 542-6988 today for a look at our cosmetic and restorative dental procedures.