Repair and Protect Damaged Teeth
Dental Crowns in Carmel Valley
If you have a tooth that has been damaged by an issue like tooth decay, grinding, or oral trauma, it’s important to get treatment as soon as possible to restore your smile and prevent further complications. For severely damaged teeth, dental crowns from Carmel Valley Dental are a great option. Crowns are built to cover up and protect your remaining enamel, restoring your smile while keeping your tooth safe from further damage or deterioration. Contact us today to schedule your appointment and get started.
Repairing Damaged Teeth
The Basics of Dental Crowns
A dental crown is, essentially, a false tooth which is designed to attach to your natural tooth Our dental crowns are made out of a durable porcelain material which will customized and matched to the exact color of your teeth.
In preparation for the procedure, your damaged tooth will be trimmed to remove any decayed enamel, and to create a strong, stable platform onto which the crown can be attached.Next, Dr. Bancroft will take impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental lab where your crown will be made. This usually takes 2-3 weeks, so you’ll be sent home with a temporary crown to protect your tooth in the meantime.
Once your crown has been completed, you’ll come back into our office to have it permanently attached with dental cement. The result is a crown that looks, feels, and functions just like a natural tooth. Your smile and bite will be restored, and your natural tooth will be protected from any further damage and decay.
Do I Need a Dental Crown?
There are a few reasons that Dr. Bancroft may recommend a dental crown. If you have a large cavity, or a large filling that is starting to fail, a crown is usually the best way to restore and protect the tooth from further decay.
Dental crowns are also a good option if your tooth has been seriously cracked and damaged due to oral trauma. Crowns can help prevent damaged teeth from becoming infected, and restore their shape and structure.
Similarly, dental crowns are usually required after a root canal is used to treat an infected tooth. By covering up the remaining enamel with a crown, the interior of the tooth is protected, which prevents it from becoming reinfected.
Crowns may also sometimes be used for primarily cosmetic purposes. Very small or misshapen teeth may not be treatable with veneers, or a severely stained tooth may need to be completely covered up. Porcelain crowns are ideal for restoring these teeth because they can easily improve both the appearance and function of a tooth.
Does It Hurt
To Get A Dental Crown?
No. Dental crowns don’t hurt. The preparation process is minimally invasive, and only involves removing some of the material from the outside of the crown.
While this could still cause some discomfort, Dr. Bancroft uses numbing spray and a numbing needle to completely numb the nerves in the area around your tooth. You won’t be able to feel any pain or other sensations in this area during your treatment.
After your tooth has been prepared, you may feel some minor discomfort and sensitivity. It may feel a bit tender and more sensitive to hot and cold foods for about 4-7 days. Your tooth will also be protected by a temporary crown during this time, which will help with these issues.
Once your permanent crown has been placed onto your prepared tooth at your next appointment at Carmel Valley Dental, you won’t have to worry about any pain or sensitivity. Your porcelain crown will completely cover and protect your remaining tooth structure, and it will look, feel, and function just like a natural tooth.
Do Crowns Last?
Most high-quality porcelain dental crowns will last 15-20 years. However, it’s definitely possible for a crown to last 20 years or longer with proper care and maintenance. As long as your tooth stays healthy, your crown will stay in great shape.
Eventually, however, your crown may become worn-down or loose. This is one reason why it’s important to see Dr. Bancroft regularly for six-month checkups and oral exams. She can check on the condition of your crown and make sure it’s in good shape.
Beyond this, the best way to keep your crown strong is to maintain good at-home oral hygiene. Brush at least twice a day for two minutes, floss once a day, eat a healthy diet, and avoid sugar-laden foods and drinks as much as possible.
What Is An Alternative
To Getting A Crown?
If you have a severely damaged, decayed, or infected tooth, there is no alternative to a dental crown. Crowns are simply the best option for repairing your tooth and preserving it.
While it may be possible to extract your tooth and replace it, Dr. Bancroft practices conservative dentistry. She will not recommend tooth extraction unless there is no other option, so a crown is typically the best choice for restoring your damaged tooth.
However, if you have a more minor cavity, it may be possible to get a filling or a dental inlay or onlay instead of a crown. These treatments are less invasive, but are not suitable for severely decayed or damaged teeth.
And, if you are interested in crowns for primarily cosmetic purposes, you may have a few different options. Crowns are not required unless the tooth is severely misshapen and is not suitable for standard cosmetic treatments.
So in most cases, an alternative like dental bonding or a porcelain veneer will be recommended for minor chips and other cosmetic issues with your smile. These treatments are less invasive and are usually more affordable compared to dental crowns.
For more information and to determine if a crown is the best solution for your dental issue, contact Carmel Valley Dental for a consultation with Dr. Lindsay Bancroft today.
The Benefits of Lab-Made Crowns
From Carmel Valley Dental
At our office, we work with leading dental laboratories to create durable, beautiful crowns for our patients. We use high-quality materials such as ceramics from Empress restorations, ensuring that your tooth looks completely natural, and that your restoration remains strong and durable for years to come. You can trust Dr. Bancroft and the team at Carmel Valley Dental to provide you with the best possible care. So if you are in the Carmel Valley area and are wondering if you may need a dental crown, stop by our office at 12750 Carmel Country Road, Suite 206, San Diego, CA 92130 or call us at (858) 755-3780 to get started.