Korel Family Dentistry delivers several trusted and reliable dental services for patients of all ages throughout El Cajon, CA. Dental crowns and caps help to improve oral health and the appearance of your smile.
At Korel Family Dentistry, we are dedicated to helping our patients discover the best evidence-based, cost-effective, and long-lasting treatment options for their needs.
Crowns and caps are permanent prosthetic devices, which are fixed onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be extracted by a dentist. These devices are unique and molded onto the natural grooves of the patient’s tooth.
They are used to cover a discolored, decayed, cracked, or missing tooth. A dental crown procedure can improve the actual look, shape, and alignment of the tooth, aside from strengthening it. Each porcelain or ceramic crown is designed in the same color of your natural teeth, so it will not be noticeable.
Crowns and caps may be recommended by your dentist for the following reasons:
- To replace a large filling
- To prevent a tooth from further damage
- To restore a fractured tooth
- To attach a bridge
- To cover a dental implant
- To cover a stained or misshaped tooth
- To cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
What Does the Procedure Look Like?
Dental crowns and caps typically last 15 years or more, although they can become loose. If your crown becomes loose at any point, your dentist will secure it back in place. The dental crown procedure is arranged in the following steps according to the results of your initial consultation:
- Preparation of the teeth
- Taking an impression
- Insertion of the temporary crown
- Construction of the crown
- Insertion of the final crown
What to Expect After a Dental Crown Procedure?
After a dental crown procedure, you can expect some initial sensitivity or discomfort that usually subsides within a few days. You may have a temporary crown initially, which should be handled carefully until the permanent crown is placed. Continue your regular oral hygiene routine, being gentle around the crowned tooth. Be cautious with very hot or cold foods to minimize sensitivity. Attend any follow-up appointments recommended by your dentist to ensure the crown is settling correctly and functioning well. Dental crowns, when properly cared for, can provide long-lasting protection and restoration for your tooth.
The best way to ensure the longevity of your crown is by practicing proper oral hygiene. To maintain healthy teeth and gums, brush twice a day and floss daily using fluoride toothpaste. Make sure you are also scheduling appointments with your dentist and hygienist regularly, for checkups and professional cleanings.
It is not advisable to chew hard foods, ice, or sugary substances directly after the insertion of your new crown to avoid damage to the structural integrity of the prosthetic. Your dentist will let you know how long to avoid such foods (typically a day or two).
Contact Korel Family Dentistry to schedule your free consultation. Our helpful and gentle staff utilizes the latest advancements in technology and medical science to provide tender dental care in a sterile environment. We are proudly committed to the needs of our patients, and we look forward to fielding any questions or concerns you might have.
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