Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a versatile type of restoration used in a plethora of procedures. Also called a “cap,” a crown is placed over a vulnerable tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance. Especially when crafted and placed by a team of experienced dental professionals, crowns can protect a weak tooth from further damage; restore a tooth after a large filling; serve as the visual portion of a dental implant; and improve the cosmetic appearance of a tooth.

Our Newport Beach dentists have used dental crowns to improve the oral health of countless patients. To learn more about the benefits crowns can offer, schedule your first-time consultation at Newport Beach Dental.

Who Is a Candidate for a Dental Crown?

A dental crown may be your ideal option if you:

  • Have broken, damaged, worn, or fractured teeth
  • Are experiencing significant decay
  • Want to improve the appearance of misshapen, discolored, or misaligned teeth
  • Have just had a large filling or root canal

Crowns are also used in the creation of dental implants and bridges. At our practice, we custom-build our crowns to match the shape and color of your natural teeth. No matter your individual oral health needs, the goal is for your crown to feel and look as authentic as possible.

What Does the Dental Crown Procedure Involve?

In most cases, the dental crown procedure can be completed in two visits. Once a crown has been deemed necessary, your dentist will take an X-ray of the tooth and prepare it for a crown by removing enamel and decay. We will then take a digital impression and send it to our lab, where it will be used as a blueprint for your permanent restoration. While your crown is being made, we will place a temporary acrylic crown to protect your tooth.

During your second visit, the temporary crown will be removed. After ensuring that your permanent crown aligns correctly with your surrounding teeth and bite, your dentist will secure the crown with a dental adhesive.

What Is Recovery Like After Getting a Dental Crown?

Recovery after getting a dental crown is generally quick, and significant post-procedural discomfort is rare. You may experience mild sensitivity or soreness around the treated tooth, but this should subside within a few days and can usually be mitigated with over-the-counter medications.

With your temporary and permanent crowns in place, it will be important for you to practice good oral hygiene to keep the area treatment clean and aid in healing. Immediately after the permanent restoration is placed, we also advise you to avoid eating sticky foods, which can damage the new crown.

Most patients adjust to their dental crown within a week. That said, if you have any questions about your recovery from the dental crown procedure, never hesitate to contact our office.

Interested in learning more about dental crowns? Contact Newport Beach Dental today!

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