How Dental Crowns Can Preserve Your Dental Health
Keeping teeth healthy for life builds confidence and offers a beautiful smile for a lifetime. But many times, the patient needs to have a dental crown fitted to a tooth to help preserve the life of the damaged tooth structure. The crown of a tooth is the part that is visible and that extends beyond the gum line. Over time, the crown can decay, and then can experience a crack or even fall apart. Not only is this unsightly, but it also predisposes the tooth to further damage and decay, which may make chewing difficult. Dental crowns can cover these decayed areas and preserve your dental health. At Hilltop Dental of Agoura Hills, California, Dr. George B. Apelian, DDS and his staff will examine your damaged teeth to determine when a dental crown is needed. We offer dental crown service in a relaxed, clean, and modern dental office that you’ll find it a pleasure to visit.
Why Crowns are Sometimes Needed
Sometimes old fillings can fall apart and cause the tooth around them to decay. When more than half of the tooth is gone, it’s time for a replacement crown. A crown is a restoration that is placed over the tooth, and that covers the outside of a tooth after it is cemented into place. Crowns, sometimes called caps, can be applied after root canal therapy, to replace teeth that have been shortened by wear or an acidic diet, or when a tooth is cracked or broken.
Crowns can be made out of a metal alloy, stainless steel, or out of composites or zirconia. Each type of crown material has advantages and disadvantages. While metal crowns are durable, they’re very visible and may be too unsightly for teeth in front of the mouth or in places that are easily seen. A composite resin crown that is matched in color to the rest of your teeth will probably look much more natural and, with proper care, will still last a long time.
The Process of Getting a Crown
The process of getting a dental crown can usually be completed in two visits to the dental office. During the first visit, the dentist cleans up the tooth to be crowned and prepares it for the crown to fit, removing all decay. Once that is done, an impression can be made of the tooth. Before you leave, you’ll probably get a temporary crown that you can wear over the tooth until the new crown is ready. You will need to avoid foods and beverages that are hard on your teeth, such as sticky candies or gum until you receive your new crown.
When you come back for the second visit, your new crown will be applied and then cemented into place. The dentist will test the crown for fit and then adjust it as needed before the final cementing. Once you’ve got your new crown, taking good care of it will make it last longer. Brushing twice a day and avoiding foods that are difficult to chew will protect your new crown, as well as your other teeth, from damage.
Call to Learn More About Dental Crowns at Hilltop Dental in Agoura Hills, California Today
If you’re interested in learning more about dental crowns to help you restore your beautiful smile for a lifetime, call for a complimentary consultation at Hilltop Dental in Agoura Hills, California today. At Hilltop Dental, we have over thirty years of experience applying long-lasting dental crowns. Dr. George B. Apelian, DDS is dedicated to giving you the best dental care possible. We serve the cities of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Westlake Village, Malibu, Thousand Oaks, and surrounding areas. Give us a call at 818-865-8651, and we’ll evaluate your teeth for a dental crown.