Over the course of your life, your teeth may become damaged. This might be due to general wear and tear, or you may have chipped or cracked your tooth on something. A dental crown can help strengthen your teeth, and they are essentially a ‘cap’ that’s placed over your tooth to strengthen and in some cases, improve the appearance of your teeth. Dental crowns can be made out of a variety of materials including resin, porcelain, metal, or even a mixture of these ingredients to ensure a strong cap is applied to your teeth. Here at Pomona Dental Practice, we are equipped to help you with any queries or procedures you would like involving a dental crown in Pomona, CA.
What are dental crowns, and why would I need one?
You may need a dental crown for several reasons, including:
- Protecting a weak tooth (possibly from decay) from breaking or to keep the weak tooth together if parts of it are cracked.
- Restoring a broken tooth or a severely worn down tooth.
- Covering and supporting a tooth with a large filling and not much tooth remaining.
- Holding a dental bridge in place.
- Covering misshapen or severely discolored teeth.
- Covering a dental implant.
- Covering a tooth that’s been treated with a root canal.
As briefly mentioned above, dental crowns are ‘caps’ that are placed onto a prepared tooth. Those that have uneven, discolored, or even broken teeth might consider a dental crown, and they are commonly used to help improve the appearance of teeth. Dental crowns are also commonly used for people that have severe tooth decay, but the root of the tooth is still healthy.
Dentists will avoid removing teeth whenever possible. This is because missing teeth can not only affect self confidence, but can cause teeth to shift and grow at funny angles, causing tremendous pain and the need for more trips to the dentist. With dental crowns in Pomona, your dentist will be able to prevent any of this from happening, and apply a crown to your tooth to strengthen and improve its appearance.
How are they applied?
Once your dentist has taken measurements of your mouth, they will order a custom fit crown from a dental laboratory. Your dentist will reshape your uneven, discolored or broken tooth to fit inside of the crown. This often means filing the tooth away until it’s very small and rounded. The dentist will then use dental cement to attach the dental crown to your tooth, using a UV light to harden the cement quickly. Once the procedure is done, you will no longer be able to see your natural tooth. However, your crown, much like veneers, is permanent and will act like a normal tooth, allowing you to speak and eat as normal.
There are many reasons as to why you may want or need a dental crown in Pomona, and here at Pomona Dental Practice, we can help advise you and treat your teeth with the utmost care. Call us today for an appointment.