Jae Won Lee, DDS
General Dentistry located in Desert Hot Springs, CA
According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 15 million men and women in the United States have dental crowns. The team at DHS Dental in Desert Hot Springs, California, provides custom dental crowns to enhance damaged teeth and restore missing ones. Crowns are either capped onto teeth or secured to implants. To learn more about dental crowns, book an appointment online or over the phone today.
Dental Crown Q & A
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a protective cap that is placed onto a tooth to restore its structure and appearance. Crowns can also be attached to implants and function as replacement teeth. Most commonly, crowns are used to restore teeth in the following situations:
- Chips or cracks
- Teeth that are vulnerable after a root canal
- Teeth that have a large filling
Crowns are made out of a variety of materials, including composite resin and ceramic, and they can be made to perfectly match the shade of your surrounding natural teeth.
What is the process for getting a crown?
Getting a crown typically requires at least two visits to DHS Dental. In the first visit, your dentist will remove a small portion of enamel from the affected tooth to make room for the crown. Then they’ll take detailed impressions of your tooth. In the meantime, you will be given a temporary crown.
The impressions will then be sent to a dental lab where your crown is made. It generally takes about two weeks to create a crown.
Once your crown is ready, your dentist will use a special dental adhesive to bond the cap to your tooth. They’ll then make any final adjustments to make sure the fit is right. If you have a dental implant, they’ll securely attach the crown to your implant.
What are the benefits of dental crowns?
Crowns closely match your natural teeth in almost every way. They’re extremely durable, and they resemble your natural teeth, making them as close to the real thing as possible. Therefore, not only do crowns enhance your smile, but they also allow you to eat whatever you like and not worry about chipping or cracking.
How long do dental crowns last?
On average, crowns last 5-15 years. You can help ensure your crown lasts for a long time by treating it like you would a natural tooth. Brush and floss with care and maintain visits with the team at DHS Dental for professional cleanings and checkups.
To learn more about dental crowns, book an appointment online or over the phone with DHS Dental today.