If one or more of your teeth have weakened or broken down due to decay or wear and tear over time, dental crowns may be the best solution to restore your smile’s resilience.
As an experienced and trusted dentist in Mission Viejo, Dr. Robert Milner’s primary goal is to help create a strong, healthy smile for all his patients and help them maintain it for as long as possible. Dental crowns are an excellent option for patients who seek to restore function and/or the appearance of a tooth.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a cap made of a durable material placed over your tooth in order to restore full function and normal appearance to a compromised tooth. Crafted from high-quality materials, crowns are color-matched and shaped to look like natural teeth. When placed, they are practically indistinguishable from the surrounding teeth. There are several choices for dental crowns, and Dr. Milner will help you select the type that is most suitable for your needs and goals.
Do I Need Dental Crowns?
Dr. Milner uses dental crowns on patients in need of restorative or cosmetic dental treatment. The resilient composites can be used to treat the following dental concerns:
- Broken, damaged teeth caused by stress fractures or cracks
- Misshapen tooth or teeth
- Teeth that have become brittle or weakened from a root canal
- Teeth that have weakened from having mercury fillings
- To cover a dental implant or attach a bridge
Dental Crown Treatment Process
The crown placement process is performed over two visits to our dental office. During the first visit, Dr. Milner will prepare your tooth to ensure the proper fit for the crown. He will apply a topical numbing substance to numb the treatment area. Next, Dr. Milner will reduce the size of your tooth and then make an impression of your tooth or teeth where the crown will reside. This mold is then sent out to our dental laboratory to create your permanent crown. A temporary crown will be placed until your permanent one is ready.
Once your crown is ready, we will notify you and schedule an appointment for you to return to our office. During your second appointment, Dr. Milner will remove your temporary crown and place the permanent crown in its place. We will then put the final touches on your crown by checking for a proper fit. Once it is ready, the crown will be bonded to your teeth using dental cement.
Caring for Your Dental Crown
Dental crowns are strong and durable, and with proper care, can last for many years. Good oral hygiene is imperative in preserving the beauty and health of your dental crown. Dr. Milner also recommends avoiding biting down on hard foods and objects. Tooth grinding and clenching should also be avoided. Regular dental visits will allow us to assess the health of your crown and overall dental health.
Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Crowns
What are crowns made of?
Crowns can be made from a few different types of materials. Older crowns were made from metals like gold alloy. Nowadays, most crowns are crafted from porcelain-fused-to-metal, all-resin, all-ceramic or all-porcelain crowns. These types of crowns have become popular as they look like natural teeth. Most people can’t tell the difference between a porcelain or ceramic crown and a natural, healthy tooth.
Will I need to wear a temporary crown?
Yes, you will need to wear a temporary crown while you wait for your permanent crown. Since some tooth structure is removed to make room for the crown, it will need to be covered by a permanent crown.
Will I feel pain when getting a crown?
No. We will use a local anesthetic to completely numb the tooth receiving the crown. You should not feel any pain or discomfort during the treatment. As the numbing medication wears off, your mouth may feel a bit sore, and you can take over-the-counter pain medication if you experience any discomfort.
Can I eat after getting my crown?
You can resume eating when the numbing medication has worn off. You should avoid eating anything hard or sticky, as it could damage the crown.
Can I brush and floss a crown?
Yes, proper hygiene is critical to preserving your crown and prolonging its lifespan. You should brush and floss your crown just like you would a natural tooth. Be sure to see your dentist at least every six months so they can check the integrity of your crown.