Dental Crowns in Sacramento
If you are looking for a Sacramento Dentist specializing in dental crowns, Redford Smiles is a fantastic choice. At Redford Smiles, Dr. Redford is an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist.
Whether you need to cover up a misshapen tooth, or require a root canal and a dental crown to treat advanced oral decay, Redford Smiles is the place for you. Call us for an appointment in Sacramento now, at (916) 565-2570! Got questions about dental crowns? We will answer them below!
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are advanced dental prostheses, made from tooth-colored porcelain material. Dr. Redford builds and shapes these crowns to fit over your existing tooth structure, providing a natural appearance and restoring your smile.
Dentists often use dental crowns to cover and protect the top of your tooth after severe cases of tooth decay. Because they preserve the original tooth structure and do not require the removal of your tooth, dental crowns are much more affordable than a dental bridge or a dental implant.
Compared to other treatment for tooth decay, such as fillings, crowns provide a more natural appearance, and strengthen the underlying tooth structure. This makes them a much better choice for cases of advanced tooth decay.
Dental crowns can also be used to treat aesthetic issues like cracked or chipped teeth, or even misshapen/stained teeth. By covering up the tooth structure and matching the surrounding teeth, dental crowns provide a great way to treat cosmetic issues.
How Are Dental Crowns Fitted?
The fitting of a dental crown is quite simple. First, Dr. Redford will analyze your oral health, and determine whether or not a dental crown is an appropriate solution in your particular case. If you do require a dental crown, the fitting process begins.
Initial impressions are taken of the mouth, in order to aid in the preparation of a temporary crown. The first step of the fitting process is to prepare the underlying tooth structure for the crown. Dr. Redford will remove decayed or unnecessary tooth material from the tooth after administering local anesthesia. This provides a smooth, stable platform upon which the dental crown will bond.
Next, a final impression of your teeth will be taken. This allows Dr. Redford to prepare a crown that will imitate the size and shape of your tooth perfectly.
After this, our team will place a temporary dental crown on your tooth, usually made out of an acrylic resin material. This crown will protect your newly-trimmed tooth until your dental crown is ready.
A laboratory will then craft a crown that is perfectly shaped, sized, and colored to match the surrounding teeth. This usually takes 1-2 weeks, and that is when your next appointment with Dr. Redford will be.
Finally, Dr. Redford will apply the crown. He will remove your temporary crown, clean the underlying tooth, and double-check the fit of the crown. Small adjustments may be required to the tooth and crown to ensure a perfect fit.
Once the fit is perfect, Dr. Redford will bond the crown into place with a permanent dental adhesive. He will use a dental scaler and floss to remove excess cement, and the procedure is complete.
Recovery generally takes less than a day, and you will be able to return to your normal, day-to-day life shortly afterward.
Are Dental Crowns Permanent?
Yes. Dental crowns are not intended to be removed. If a dental crown must be removed due to tooth decay or another issue, it will have to be replaced. This is because much of the underlying tooth structure is removed when placing a dental crown.
Dental crowns are intended to be a permanent tooth restoration. With proper care, modern porcelain crowns can easily last anywhere between 15-30 years. However, there are some precautions you should take, such as:
- Avoiding the chewing of ice or other extremely hard foods like hard candy
- Excessively sticky foods (gum, gummy candy, caramel, raisins, etc.)
- Chewing on the other side of your mouth while the crown sets (for the first week or so after application)
Extremely hard foods can cause your crown to chip, while sticky foods can attach to the crown and “pull” it off of the tooth. By avoiding these foods, you can ensure that your dental crown lasts for years (or decades) to come.
How to Clean Dental Crowns
For the most part, dental crowns require no specialized care. However, you should still be following the recommendations of Dr. Redford for oral care. You should:
- Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
- Floss once a day
- Visit Redford Smiles every 6 months for a cleaning
When you are brushing and flossing, pay careful attention to your crowned tooth. If you fail to clean it properly, bacteria and plaque can build up around the crown, and eventually reach the inside of your tooth. If this occurs, you may require a root canal, or may even lose your tooth entirely.
So take proper steps to maintain a high level of oral health, and you will be able to take great care of your new dental crown from Redford Smiles.
Give Us A Call Today
If you need a dentist in Sacramento for a dental crown, Redford Smiles is your best choice. At Redford Smiles, Dr. Redford has years of experience in restorative dentistry. Whether you are looking to treat an infected or damaged tooth, or simply want a cosmetic tooth restoration, the whole team at Redford Smiles is happy to help.
Using the latest advanced techniques, we provide affordable, high-quality porcelain crowns that will restore your smile, and the natural functionality of your teeth. Want to learn more? Take a look at our customer testimonials, or browse our smile gallery to see some of our past work!
So give us a call today at (916) 565-2570 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Redford, or drop by our Sacramento office at 79 Scripps Dr. Suite 204, Sacramento, CA 95608.