Essentially, a dental crown is a false tooth that’s built to fit over your remaining tooth structure. They are used to cover up and protect damaged or decayed teeth. Crowns look and feel just like real teeth, so they don’t just protect the tooth from further damage, but they also restore the natural appearance and function of your bite.
You need a dental crown if you have a damaged tooth. They are often used to repair teeth that are broken in an accident or decayed/infected teeth. A new crown may also be necessary if you have an old, failing filling or dental crown.
Crowns are also sometimes used purely for cosmetic purposes, but this is not very common. Cosmetic treatments like veneers and bonding are less expensive and invasive, so crowns are only used when these are not suitable for treating a particular tooth.
After your consultation, you’ll schedule your initial preparation and fitting appointment. Dr. Tran will begin by cleaning and numbing the area, and administering sedation, if desired. Then, he will trim away any damaged tooth material to clean up the treatment area.
Next, he will take impressions of the tooth. These are sent to a dental lab, where your permanent crown will be built. In the meantime, Dr. Tran will attach a temporary resin crown to your tooth to protect it. You’ll be sent home.
In about 2-3 weeks, your porcelain crown will be sent to our office. Then, you’ll come back for your last appointment. Dr. Tran will remove your resin crown, clean up the tooth, and check the fit of your ceramic crown. If everything looks good, he will bond it into place permanently using dental adhesive. Then, you’ll be sent home to enjoy your new tooth.
No. Your mouth will be completely numb during the process. We even offer dental sedation in Sorrento Valley, so Dr. Victor Tran will ensure that you’re feeling completely safe and comfortable before your treatment begins.
This depends on why you need the crown. If it’s cosmetic, nothing bad will happen. Your tooth just won’t be restored, which can make you feel less confident about your appearance.
However, if Dr. Tran recommends a crown to repair a damaged tooth, it’s likely that the condition of the tooth will continue to get worse. For example, a decayed tooth or a cracked tooth may become infected, requiring root canal therapy. This could even result in the death of the tooth, requiring an extraction.
If Dr. Tran recommends that you get a dental crown, you should follow his advice. Getting a crown to repair a damaged tooth saves you time and money, protects you from further complications, and gives you peace of mind.