dental crownIf you have a damaged tooth, it is important to take action quickly. When it is left untreated, you run the risk of causing even more damage, which can eventually lead to needing more serious treatment — like oral surgery. This is why it is crucial to speak to your doctor or oral surgeon about your best options for repairing your tooth; they can treat you before it worsens. One of the most common fixes for a damaged tooth is a dental crown and in today’s blog, your Newport Beach, CA dentist discusses this treatment and describes the ways it can help your smile thrive.

Strengthening Your Teeth

A dental crown is a piece of biocompatible material that goes over a damaged tooth. Before we place it, we take precise measurements of your mouth and affected tooth, so we can craft a crown that perfectly fits and blends into your smile seamlessly. They can be made from a variety of materials, but the most common ones are metal, porcelain, or a combination of both. Porcelain caps usually go on teeth towards the front of your mouth because they are more visible. Metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal go in the back on molars because they are less visible and neet crowns that can withstand more bite pressure. 

When Can It Help?

Your dentist or oral surgeon will usually suggest a dental crown when a tooth suffers significant damage. When your tooth is weakened, you lose the ability to chew properly, and it runs the risk of becoming infected. Your tooth’s enamel is its outermost protective layer, so if it becomes cracked or chipped, bacteria can make their way into your teeth, causing decay. It can also be quite painful to have a damaged tooth. Additionally, dental bridges — which replace missing teeth — are usually supported by existing teeth on either side of the gap, so a crown can help strengthen these abutment teeth, allowing them to provide more substantial support. 

It Is A Straightforward Process

Before you come in to have your cap placed, your dentist or oral surgeon will utilize the latest dental technology to help them take detailed images of your smile. This allows them to craft a completely custom crown that will perfectly suit your unique needs. Once they procure these images, they send them to a highly-skilled lab technician who will create the crown. Finally, your oral healthcare professional will place the cap onto your tooth and will make sure it fits well and works as it should. Once you have it placed, you will still want to come back every six months for checkups and cleanings; when you’re in the office, your dentist or oral surgeon will inspect your smile to make sure your teeth and crown are in the best possible shape.

Contact Us To Learn More About Crowns

If you have a damaged tooth or want to learn more about this service in general, please contact us today. To schedule an appointment, please call Balboa Dental Surgery in Newport Beach, CA, today at 949-630-0143.