A dental crown is a restorative dentistry treatment that uses fixed prosthetic devices that are attached to existing teeth or implants to improve their appearance and restore their function. It is used to replace a large filling when there is not enough tooth structure left. It can also help restore and protect a fractured tooth, and we also recommend it to patients who have undergone root canal therapy as well as those who opt for dental implants.
Dental crowns can be made with different types of materials, some of which are: gold alloy, metal alloy, stainless steel, all-porcelain composite resin and ceramic. All of these have their advantages and here at Napa Valley Dental Group, we are happy to discuss the best type of dental crown for you.
The entire procedure will typically require two visits to our office in Napa, CA.
- During your first visit, your dentist will take some x-rays so they can thoroughly examine the tissues and bones surrounding the area. This will also show if there is an extensive decay that may cause infection. In such cases, your dentist may need to perform root canal first to treat the infected tooth and to avoid further complications.
- Once the infection has been eliminated, the dentist will administer local anesthesia to numb the surrounding area. Using a dental drill, they will clean the remaining tooth, making sure only the healthy part of the tooth is left.
- Then the dentist will make impressions of your mouth using dental putty. These impressions are then sent to a dental laboratory where your actual crown will be made. It will take a few days to finish your crown but your dentist will provide you with a temporary crown to protect your tooth or your implant.
- On your next visit, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and replace it with your permanent crown. They will use dental adhesive or cement to attach it to the remaining tooth or implant. Typically, your dentist will apply a mild sedative so you can remain comfortable throughout the process.
Dental crowns usually last for 10 to 20 years. Crowns are still vulnerable to cavities and fractures, so it is crucial to take good care of them like you would your natural teeth.