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Dental Crowns

Ever bitten down while eating and immediately realized something has gone wrong? It happens to the best of us. A cracking or breaking sensation, severe pain, or hypersensitivity all indicate a more serious dental problem. If this happens to you, call our dental office in Avalon at 310-510-0322 and see Dr. Calise right away. You might have a broken tooth, an extensive cavity, or a severe infection that requires immediate treatment—and possibly a dental crown.

What is a Dental Crown?

A crown is a “cap” the dentist uses to cover the entire visible portion of the tooth. These permanent restorations can help make the tooth stronger and restore proper function.

Materials Used in Most Dental Crowns

Lab technicians can make dental crowns out of several materials. These include metal alloys, porcelain, ceramics, composite resins, or a combination of these materials. Most modern dental crowns are colored to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth. The materials used in your dental crown will depend on the location and function of the damaged tooth.

Why is a Crown Needed?

Here are a few reasons why Dr. Calise might choose a dental crown to:

  • Protect a weakened tooth
  • Restore a fractured or worn down tooth to full function
  • Cover severely misshapen or discolored teeth
  • Support a tooth with a larger filling
  • Anchor a dental bridge
  • Complete a dental implant

Steps in Dental Crown Procedure

After the dentist recommends you get a crown there will likely be two separate appointments that follow. Here is what you can expect:

First Visit: Tooth Preparation and Impressions

The dentist may take a couple of x-rays to check the tooth roots and surrounding bone. These might indicate the need for root canal therapy, which (if needed) the dentist will perform before placing the crown. After examination, Dr. Calise will use an anesthetic to numb the treatment area. Next, he will file down the chewing surface and sides of your tooth to make room for the crown. Then the dentist makes an impression of your teeth to send to the dental lab. To help protect the prepared tooth, Dr. Calise might place a temporary crown.

Second Visit: Placement of Dental Crown

The technicians in the dental lab use information from the dentist to craft your customized crown. The entire process usually takes about two weeks. After that time, you wtill return to the dentist. He will remove the temporary crown and check the treatment area. If all is in order the dentist will fit the permanent crown and make any minor adjustments to the fit. Once the fit and appearance are checked, the dentist will cement the crown into place.

Post-Treatment Precautions

Dr. Calise will give you exact instructions, but it is always a good idea to take it easy on your treated tooth for the first day or two after a treatment. You want to be sure the crown is properly fixed and the cement has had enough time to cure. Avoid anything too hard or too sticky. Once the anesthetic has worn off, test the bite of your crown. You want to make sure it fits properly against opposing teeth and you feel comfortable while you speak and chew.

Get Crowns from Avalon Dental Clinic

If you want to learn more about dental crowns, or need treatment, call our dental office in Avalon, CA at 310-510-0322.