Dental Crowns

Dental CrownsA tooth that is broken or showing signs of decay is no small matter. Unfortunately, many people tend to put off visiting their dentist for these issues for a number of reasons. Perhaps the break doesn’t hurt, or the pain comes and goes. Regardless of the reasoning, a broken or decayed tooth is best taken care of quickly, before any additional damage can occur. A dental crown may be just the thing to fix these issues, and can be placed easily and quickly.

What issues can a dental crown be used for?

Dental crowns are designed to repair a number of dental issues. They can hold a broken tooth together, protect a tooth that has been weakened by tooth decay to prevent breakage, and can restore worn-down teeth. In certain instances, they may be used as extra support for fillings where there is little actual tooth left, and to help keep dental bridges in place. In cosmetic dentistry, dental crowns may be used to cover teeth that are misshapen or discolored, or to cover a dental implant.

What is the process for getting a dental crown?

Before you are given a dental crown, your dentist will perform a full examination and take x-rays to determine how much damage has occurred. In some cases, they may need to perform a root canal or use a filling. Before the crown is placed, your tooth will be numbed and an impression of the tooth and surrounding are will be taken. This will be sent to a laboratory where the actual crown will be made. A temporary crown will be fitted into place, and on your second visit, the permanent crown will be cemented into place.

Does your temporary crown require special care?

Your temporary crown will need to be specially cared for while it’s in place. Avoid eating foods such as caramel, gum, or anything crunchy or hard. Try to avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the temporary crown is located, and use special care when brushing and flossing until the permanent crown has been put into place.

If you have any of the issues listed above, call Manhattan Beach Dental Center immediately at 310-376-0482. It is important to get these issues taken care of quickly to prevent further damage to the affected and surrounding teeth. Schedule your consultation today and let us get you on your way to a restored, happy smile.