Dental crowns are used for both restorative dentistry and cosmetic purposes and can provide lasting results for the stability of your dental health. Dr. Chahal places all types of dental crowns to meet the varying needs of our patients. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, chosen specifically to suit your needs and aesthetic goals.
Dental crowns are placed to treat and address a wide range of concerns and will provide customized, natural looking and lasting results that will stabilize tooth structure. Dr. Chahal may recommend a dental crown for the following reasons:
Tooth damage: chipped teeth, broken teeth, and cracked teeth can be restored with a dental crown.
Discolored tooth: in the case of a single tooth that is stained or discolored, a dental crown that is matched to the rest of your smile can bring balance to your appearance.
Root canal: after a root canal, a dental crown is often placed to support and strengthen the tooth and minimize the risk of loss down the road.
Dental implant restoration: a custom dental crown is the final piece of a single dental implant, serving as a prosthetic tooth to complete your smile.
Dental Crowns What to Expect
The dental crown process will require two visits to complete. The first step is an exam and consultation to discuss your overall needs and identify the most suitable type of crown and material to be used. Dr. Chahal will take digital x-rays as needed and prepare the tooth to be treated by removing the decayed or damaged structure.
The next step is to take dental impressions of the prepared tooth for designing and fabricating the new crown. Your custom crown will be made in a dental lab to Dr. Chahal’s specifications and color matched to your natural teeth. Once complete you will be contacted to schedule a second visit for the placement of the new crown.
Dr. Chahal will work with you to ensure that the final restoration is comfortable, making any necessary adjustments before permanently attaching it to the tooth. Your crown will be secured and polished for a smooth, natural texture and appearance.
A dental crown is cared for along with your natural teeth during daily brushing and flossing. Our team can demonstrate how to floss around the new crown and will monitor the integrity of the restoration during your routine dental visits. With good oral hygiene, a dental crown will last for many years.
It typically takes a few days for patients with dental crowns to adjust to the feeling of it. Depending on the patient some people report it taking 2 days, while others may say it took them 4 to have their mouth feel back to normal. If discomfort continues past a week after your procedure, you should call your dentist and schedule an appointment to have the crown checked.
Crowns are held in place by dental cement. It may wash away overtime which can cause the crown to become loose and shift in your mouth. This can let bacteria and plaque work its way beneath the crown and can cause infections and tooth decay.