If you have one or more teeth that are too damaged for fillings but don’t need to be extracted, you may be a good candidate for dental crowns. While they resemble tooth-shaped helmets more than the crowns you will see on the royal family, dental crowns can save your dental health, give you back a beautiful smile and even save you a lot of money in the long run. Here at Pope Dental in Walnut Creek, CA, we offer many options for replacing missing teeth such as Dental Crowns, Dental Bridges and Dental Implants.
Basically, a crown is a tooth-shaped cap made of porcelain that is created to look and feel just like a natural tooth. When a tooth is damaged to the point that a filling will not suffice to repair it, your dentist can save the tooth with a crown, usually in just two visits.
In the first visit, your dentist will take an impression of your bite. Then they will use local anesthetic on the tooth and surrounding gums before filing the tooth down so that it can accept a crown. Before you leave, a temporary crown will be cemented in place to protect your tooth while you wait on your permanent crown to be made, based on the impressions taken of your teeth before and after your dentist files down the affected tooth. When your permanent crown comes in, you will come back to the office for a final fitting and you will leave with a completely natural looking and functioning crown in place of your damaged tooth.
Dental crowns offer both aesthetic and functional benefits for patients in Walnut Creek. For one thing, damaged teeth are not the most attractive things to look at and you likely want to hide your smile when you have a big chip or crack in one or more of your teeth. Unfortunately, those chips and cracks are not just unattractive. They can lead to decay, infection and the need for a root canal or even an extraction. Dental crowns protect your teeth from further damage and decay and they can help you avoid a lot of pain, as well as expensive procedures down the road.
After your dental crowns are permanently installed, you can expect a full recovery with no pain or discomfort. You can also enjoy all of your favorite foods and beverages without concern for your damaged teeth.
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For more information on dental crowns and how Pope Dental can help you, call our office in Walnut Creek, CA today at 925-939-4989 or you can book an appointment with our convenient online contact form.