Dental crowns are one of the most common cosmetic and restorative treatments needed today. They have several uses, specifically to cover aesthetically displeasing teeth and when severe decay has developed. Our cosmetic dentist in Orange County uses porcelain crowns in most cases.
There are three main steps in getting porcelain crowns:
It is necessary for our dentist to numb the area beforehand. Once it is numb, the tooth will be shaped in order to support the restoration. This means that a thin layer of enamel and any diseased tissue is removed.
Images and impressions are taken of the affected tooth, which are then sent to a milling machine. Thanks to modern technology, these machines are able to create precise restorations that fit perfectly into the teeth. A temporary crown can be placed until the permanent one is ready.
Your new crown can be place easily and comfortably on your tooth. A special dental cement is used to ensure it remains in place.
Our dentist will provide instructions for keeping your new crown strong, and the tooth underneath healthy. It should be cleaned twice a day just as carefully as your natural teeth. You will also need to return for check-ups and cleanings at least once every six months.