Restore Your Smile With Dental Crowns
Dentists use dental crowns to treat a range of cosmetic and restorative dental concerns. Dr. Haddad is a highly-trained AACD dentist that can restore your teeth for natural and long-lasting results using dental crowns.
Dental crowns are made from professional-grade ceramic that your dentist color-matches to the existing teeth. Dr. Haddad will blend the crown seamlessly with the real tooth. Learn about dental crowns and how Beach Cities Dental Group can help you.
What can a dental crown repair?
There are many reasons why your dentist may recommend a crown for your tooth. Crowns can cover worn-down teeth from grinding issues or for cosmetic purposes to improve the look of blemished teeth.
A dental crown is a tooth restoration that covers a tooth and restores its shape, size, strength, and function. Dental crowns can protect a tooth after a root canal or cap a dental implant after replacing a lost tooth. They can protect teeth from further damage and improve their look. For example, dental crowns can fix chips, cracks, or broken teeth.
The dental crown itself fits over the natural tooth after the dentist prepares the tooth. With regular oral hygiene and dental check-ups, your dental crown should last for many years.
The Dental Crown Procedure
The process to get a new crown is generally complete over 2-3 visits to our Oxnard, CA dental office. The treatment will begin with a comprehensive oral health exam. Dr. Haddad will discuss the procedure with the patient to understand the full scope of the process and expectations. Then she will create a personalized treatment plan for your review.
At the second visit, your dentist will prepare the tooth or damaged teeth that receive the crown. She will remove decay, infection, debris, and anything else that may compromise the result. Then, she will place a temporary crown on the tooth. This will help you use your mouth without issues while you wait for the permanent crown.
Next, Dr. Haddad will send your mouth measurements to the dental lab for fabrication. Using the most modern dental ceramic, the porcelain crown will match your real teeth. We will call you back into the office when we receive your new crown from the dental lab. Then, your dentist will place the crown on your tooth, adjust it for the best fit, polish it, and permanently bond it with dental cement.
If we are creating a dental crown for dental implant treatment, Dr. Haddad will create the crown during the 3 to 6-month healing period.
Dental Crown FAQs
How long does it take to get used to a dental crown?
When you first get your dental crown, it will feel unusual. Even though we craft it, so it’s about the same size and shape as the rest of your teeth, it’s still a bit foreign in your mouth. It feels a bit bulkier than a natural tooth. You’ll adjust to the crown over time, and it should feel normal to you after about two weeks.
Is getting a dental crown painful?
No, the procedure should be virtually painless. We use a local anesthetic to numb the area around where the crown procedure is taking place. We also offer sedation dentistry to keep you relaxed throughout the procedure. After you get the crown, the site may be sore and tender for the first week or so. Over-the-counter pain medications should take care of the pain easily.
How long do I wait to eat after getting a dental crown?
We recommend waiting as long as possible to eat or drink after getting your crown. Waiting at least 30-45 minutes is essential. For the first week or two, stick to a softer diet as you adjust to your new crown. You want to be comfortable eating and drinking with it, so slowly work up to a tougher diet over time.
Can I get a cavity under the crown?
Yes, it’s still possible that you can get a cavity underneath the crown. Underneath the crown is still your natural tooth. If you care for your crown properly, the crown is a good seal to prevent bacteria and tooth decay. Make sure you’re brushing and flossing properly to maintain the tooth’s health underneath the crown.
Why do I feel pressure under my dental crown?
There are a few reasons why you may experience this. First, you may have a crack in your dental crown. If you grind your teeth at night, it puts excess pressure on the crown and can damage it. If you haven’t taken care of your crown properly, bacteria can get inside and infect the natural tooth under the crown. Swelling and infection cause pressure.
Am I a good candidate for a dental crown?
One of the best things about crowns is that they can treat so many different conditions. We practice conservative dentistry, with crowns allowing us to save the natural tooth structure in severe decay or trauma cases. You’re also eligible for a crown to complete a dental implant or to stabilize a tooth after we perform a root canal. We’ll do a thorough examination of your tooth to ensure that we’ll be able to save it with a dental crown.
Schedule an Appointment
Do you think you can benefit from a dental crown? Call us or schedule an appointment online.