What Are Dental Crowns?
As life moves forward, your teeth may naturally become damaged. Our dentists at Dr Liu Family Dental offer dental crowns as a way to treat teeth that need to be partially replaced.
Your crown will be a tooth-like covering that is placed over your tooth and is also referred to as a dental cap. A dental crown will cover a severely damaged tooth including the visible portion that needs to be replaced for your appearance and usage.
We Will Take X-Rays First
A dental crown procedure may require two appointments. During your first appointment our dentist will examine and prepare your damaged tooth.
First, our dentist will take an x-ray of your tooth, including its roots, and the bone that surrounds it. When an x-ray is taken the photos will help our dentist precisely determine the extent of decay in your tooth.
If your tooth’s pulp has sustained damage, then you may need a root canal treatment that will be required before the crown. Pulp is the innermost part of your tooth, and it is made up of your nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue.
Before We Start Preparing Your Tooth We Will Use Anesthetics
Your dentist may begin to prepare your tooth to receive a dental crown. If you need a dental crown, your teeth must be the right shape meaning our dentist will need to reshape your tooth.
Before shaping your tooth, our dentists will inject the patient with a local anesthetic. Then we can file or build up your damaged tooth in order to be able to support the crown.
The dental crown will be manufactured at a dental laboratory. Our dentist will make an impression of your tooth and the tooth opposite to the crown. Finally, our dentist will cover your tooth with a temporary crown and hold it in place with a temporary cement.
Your Crown Will Be Made Of Durable Materials
Dental crown procedures done at our office may be made of a handful of different materials including metals like gold or silver, porcelain, ceramic, or resin. We will use local anesthetics once more to ensure that your crown procedure goes smoothly and now your crown can be permanently cemented into place.
Caring For Your Crown Will Be Easy
A new dental crown can last up to 15 years with proper dental care. If you provide your crown with proper care you will need to brush after each meal, floss every day, use fluoride mouthwash, and visit our office every six months for a checkup and cleaning.
After your procedure your teeth will still be susceptible to decay and gum disease. Thus make sure that you practice a proper oral hygiene routine.
We Can Treat Your Smile With A Crown
Allow our team at Dr Liu Family Dental to handle your upcoming dental crown procedure. Consult with us now and allow us to be your trusted dental health care provider by call us at (425) 771-2100.