A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over the tooth to restore its shape, size, and strength. The crown covers all sides of the tooth above the gum line. It encases the entire visible portion of the tooth and restores the tooth’s shape, strength, and durability.
When a tooth is badly decayed or damaged and cannot be fixed through fillings, inlays, or onlays, a crown is often used to restore the tooth. A crown will protect the remaining healthy tooth structure and restore your ability to chew and speak normally. It also prevents the risk of losing more teeth in the future. In addition to restoring damaged teeth, crowns can also be used to hold a dental bridge in place, cover dental implants, restore a fractured tooth, or cover misshaped teeth.
How Is a Dental Crown Placed?
To place a crown, our dentist in San Leandro will start by numbing the area with a local anesthetic to reduce any discomfort you feel. Once the area is numbed, the dentist will remove the decay from the tooth and prepare it for the new crown. An impression will be made and sent to the lab, where the crown will be constructed. A temporary crown will be fabricated for you. Once your custom crown is ready, you will return for your second appointment. The dentist will secure the new crown to the tooth using a strong bonding agent. This will ensure the crown is stable and secure in your mouth. Finally, our dentist will use a special curing light to harden the bonding agent and ensure it is bonded to the tooth. If you have questions about your upcoming procedure, please feel free to contact us today. We would be happy to answer any questions you have.
What Are the Benefits of a Dental Crown?
The main benefit of getting a dental crown is that it restores your tooth’s strength and improves its overall appearance. It can also help to prevent future damage to your teeth since it will completely cover them from the outside. This will prevent any bacteria from making its way into your tooth and causing decay. Additionally, if your tooth is misshapen, it can also improve its shape and overall appearance. Although dental crowns are long-lasting, they still need to be taken care of by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, eating a healthy diet, and not smoking.
To learn more about dental procedures, book an appointment with our dentist in San Leandro by calling us at (510) 587-9400 or visiting us at 145 E 14th St #100, San Leandro, CA. We will be happy to guide you further.