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Dental Crown Overview

August 30, 2021
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Posted By: Healthy Living Dentistry
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The best teeth are your natural teeth; there’s no doubt about it. They are incredible structures, hard and resilient yet living tissues that require care and maintenance. If you do it right, the most intervention a tooth may require is a small cavity. But when something more extreme happens to a tooth, you’ll want to do everything possible to save it. That’s when you’ll thank your lucky stars for dental crowns in Lake Forest, CA.

Get Down with the Crown

A dental crown is an amazing piece of technology – a custom-made porcelain shell that provides a perfect little cap to protect a damaged tooth. They are intended to match your teeth in both shape and color and to be durable and useful. Patients of Healthy Living Dentistry can expect their crowns to last for years with the proper care.

Your dentist will also ensure you maintain your crown in the same manner as your natural teeth by brushing and flossing regularly and keeping with regular dental visits. At each visit, Dr. Roy Kim, DDS will monitor your crown, adjusting it where necessary. He will perform teeth cleanings and place tooth-colored fillings on other teeth to prevent any future damage that might require additional crowns.

What Are the Reasons for a Needing Crown?

A dental crown is required in a handful of cases:

  • When a cavity is so large, it compromises the overall tooth structure
  • A cracked or broken tooth
  • A tooth that is out of shape
  • A tooth stained beyond what whitening can correct
  • The finals step to a root canal

Other than repairing a damaged natural tooth, a dental crown may serve a few other functions. For one, your dentist in Lake Forest may place crowns on either side of a dental bridge to make a more reliable connection for the bridge. Crowns are also installed when you receive a dental implant on top of the titanium screw bonded to your jaw. Crowns resemble natural teeth so well that few people will ever realize they’re anything other than natural.

Dental Crown Procedure at Healthy Living Dentistry

At Healthy Living Dentistry, we will complete your crown in two appointments. First, Dr. Kim will ready your damaged tooth during the first visit by removing some tooth surfaces to make an ideal foundation. He will make an impression from which the dental lab will create your new crown, and you’ll get a temporary crown while the laboratory builds the permanent restoration.

In a couple of weeks, your second appointment will consist of ensuring that your crown fits right. If not, your dentist will make any adjustments necessary before permanently cementing your new crown on its foundation.

Schedule a Consultation with Our Lake Forest Dentist!

If you have a broken or decayed tooth that might need a crown, you definitely don’t want to wait. A tooth that is too far gone may not be saved by a crown, so call our Lake Forest, CA dentist office at (949) 830-2003 and schedule an appointment today!

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