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Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap,” and is placed over your tooth by a dentist to cover your tooth and restore its size, shape, durability and enhance its look. Once cemented into place, dental crowns enclose the whole noticeable part of your tooth that lies at and above the gum line.

Dental Crowns
Dental Crowns

What’s the Need For A Dental Crown?

Dr. Franklin Green’s dental office in Los Alamitos, California, usually recommends a dental crown in the following situations:

  • Protect a decayed and weak tooth and prevent its breaking
  • Bring together portions of a cracked tooth
  • Restore broken or severely worn down tooth
  • Support and cover a tooth that has a large filling but very little tooth
  • To ensure a dental bridge does not go out of position
  • To form a jacket over severely discolored or misaligned teeth
  • To envelop a dental implant
  • As a cosmetic adjustment

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What Are The Different Types of Crowns?

There are permanent crowns that use stainless steel, gold or an alloy, all resin, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or all ceramic material. Stainless steel crowns are readymade and used as a temporary solution on permanent teeth. For color-matching adjacent teeth, crowns made from porcelain-fused-to-metal are used—though all-ceramic or all-porcelain crowns are best in attaining this effect. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are an apt choice for back or front teeth and long bridges.

How is a Tooth Prepared For Your Crown?
Preparation requires a couple of dental visits, and the process begins with a dental examination and preparing the tooth. During the second visit, the permanent crown is placed. While the crown is made, Dr. Green provides you with a temporary crown to mask and protect the prepared tooth. While wearing the temporary crown, avoid sticky, hard or chewy foods, and try not to use the area near the temporary crown. In the crucial second visit, the temporary crown is removed, and the permanent crown is checked for fit and color-matching. If everything is as planned, your tooth is numbed through a local anesthetic, and the dentist permanently cements the new dental crown in place.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
On average, dental crowns last between five and 15 years.

Does a Dental Crown Need Special Care?
No special care is required for a crowned tooth. However, you must follow proper oral hygiene such as daily flossing—especially near the crown area, and rinse the mouth, at least once a day, with an antibacterial mouthwash.

To know more about the benefits dental crowns, please call Dr. Franklin Green’s office in Los Alamitos, California, at ………….. to schedule your appointment for dental crown placement.

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