Damage to your teeth can happen over time or in a single moment. But in both cases, it does not need to be permanent. At Encino Family Dental, we strive to preserve your teeth, which is why our dental office provides dental crowns.
Getting crowns is exceptionally useful for protecting a damaged tooth. Additionally, dental crowns help restore to you a smile you can be proud of. At Encino Family Dental, we believe everyone deserves to have a smile that gives them self-confidence and boosts self-esteem. In addition to dental crowns, we provide a wide range of cosmetic dental procedures. Call us today to learn more.
What Are Dental Crowns?
When you receive dental crowns, we are protecting your teeth that are damaged by infection or trauma. Crowns are dental covers or caps that surround and protect your tooth. Not only do they restore your smile, but they protect your tooth from further damage.
Most of the time, Dr. Yassa will suggest getting a crown to restore damaged teeth. But, dental crowns can also be used for cosmetic purposes. Common cosmetic reasons for getting crowns include hiding imperfections to improve a tooth’s appearance.
What Should I Do Before Getting Dental Crowns?
Before getting crowns, our dental office recommends teeth whitening for patients. Crowns are made to be bleach and stain-resistant. So if your teeth are yellow, your crown will be made to match. Otherwise, your crown will stand out among your other teeth, giving a non-natural appearance.
So if you have a crown while your teeth are yellow, this crown will stay this shade of yellow if you decide to get teeth whitening in the future. That is why we always recommend being sure that you have the shade of teeth you want before having your crowns made.
Getting teeth whitening first will enable the dentist to use a matching white crown. This results in a consistent, beautiful white smile with future teeth whitening treatments.
The Dental Crowns Process
For placing dental crowns, Dr. Yassa will first begin the process by prepping the tooth. This entails removing a small portion of the enamel, resulting in enough space to place the crown without impacting the surrounding teeth.
Then the dentist will secure the temporary crown in place with glue. A dental lab, in the meantime, will be creating your custom permanent crown. When the permanent crown is finished, patients will come back for another visit. During this second visit, Dr. Yassa will replace the temporary crown with a permanent one.
In almost all cases, the procedure is virtually pain-free. At most, some patients might experience minor sensations while the target tooth is being prepared.
What Happens After The Procedure?
After receiving your crown, expect your teeth to be a little sensitive. This will gradually go away on its own. The good news is that with your new crown, it will surround and protect your damaged tooth. This means that you can enjoy your favorite foods again. No more worrying about fear or discomfort from your tooth when you bite down.
Still, it will remain important to take good care of your new crown. To increase the longevity of your crown, proper care and cleaning will be vital. After your procedure, Dr. Yassa will provide you with full information on how to get the most out of your crown.
Are Dental Crowns Right for Me?
If you have suffered damage to your teeth, then dental crowns may be what you need. Likewise, if you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your teeth, dental crowns can boost the brightness of your smile. However, we provide our patients with many different procedures to help improve their smiles.
During your appointment, Dr. Yassa will go over your needs and goals. She will keep you fully informed of all your options, so when it comes time to make decisions, you can choose with confidence. Crowns are best for treating teeth that you still have. If you want to replace missing teeth, then you can try a tooth-replacement option such as bridges or implants.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Crowns will improve your quality of life, both physically and psychologically. You will confidently be able to perform essential functions again, such as eating, drinking, and speaking that we all take for granted. If you are ready to take back your smile, schedule your appointment today.
To learn if dental crowns are right for you, call Encino Family Dentist today. Our dental office provides early morning and later afternoon appointments for your convenience. We also accept many PPO insurances as well. Our office mission is always to improve the quality of life for our patients. We smile when we see you smile.