Byron L. Carr, DMD, FAGD

Dental Crowns: Purpose, Procedure, and Aftercare

May 7, 2022
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Posted By: Byron L. Carr, DMD, FAGD Team

Dental crowns in Temecula, CA, are essential for dentistry and work in several capacities, including tooth restoration, replacement, and aesthetics.

A tooth crown is a cover cemented over a prepared tooth. It is always customized to look like your natural teeth.

Purpose of Dental Crowns in Temecula, CA

Repair of a Damaged Tooth

If you have a broken or deeply decayed tooth, the dental crown saves it from further breakage or extraction. In addition, the crown acts as a safety zone between your chewing force and the fragile tooth beneath, protecting it from loss.

Final Step in a Root Canal

If you have a root infection, we treat it with root canal therapy. However, the infection and treatment can weaken the tooth. In this case, your dentist caps it with a dental crown a few weeks after your procedure to preserve function.

As Part of Cosmetic Dentistry

A dental crown can hide tooth flaws, including worn, discolored, and chipped teeth. It can also give the illusion of symmetry in shape and close small gaps between teeth.

As Part of Tooth Replacement

If you’ve lost a tooth, you may have considered a dental implant or bridge. A dental implant is a tooth root replacement capped with a tooth crown. A dental bridge is restoration teeth housed between anchoring crowns.

Dental Crown Procedure

If you need a dental crown, your dentist takes an impression to create a model of the tooth. We then send the results to a trusted lab for fabrication. You come in when the crown arrives for final adjustments and fittings. Then we cement it, and you’re free to enjoy your restored smile.

We also treat the tooth to be crowned, removing old filling material and jagged bits of enamel for proper crown fitting.

Aftercare for Your Tooth Crown

We recommend forgetting you have a crown! Just think of it as part of your natural tooth, requiring brushing, flossing, and regular dental care—twice-yearly checkups and teeth cleanings.

Contact Your Temecula, CA Dentist

If you have a broken tooth or are considering tooth replacement, reach out to our team today. And ask us about our current specials and In-House Savings Plan.

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