A fall on some slippery stairs damaged a front tooth. You have a large chip, and the enamel is becoming discolored. After a root canal procedure, your tooth is healthy again but stands out in your otherwise attractive smile. A dental crown can improve the appearance of that front tooth, and with some help from your dentist in Pasadena, CA, Dr. Jerry Johnson, that crowned tooth can live on for many years.
What is a dental crown?
It's the most frequently placed dental restoration next to fillings, reports the Cleveland Clinic. The single-tooth crown is a tooth-shaped jacket which fits over and protects remaining healthy tooth structure. Most dentists, including Dr. Johnson in Pasadena, choose naturally-colored porcelain for most crown applications, including dental implant restoration, finishing root canal therapy and securing fixed bridgework.
The crown process
It takes two visits with Dr. Johnson and his staff. During the initial consultation, Dr. Johnson examines the damaged tooth and X-rays it. Then, he can remove the unhealthy portions and shape it to receive the crown. Oral impressions and a detailed treatment plan give the dental lab information necessary for fabrication of the restoration. While you wait for your new crown, you'll wear a temporary version to keep your smile bright and functional.
At the next visit, Dr. Johnson will remove that temporary crown and bond the permanent one in place. He ensures crowns sit properly on the prepared tooth and bite together with the opposing arch of teeth. With that, your crown is complete.
As with your other teeth, you'll want to avoid plaque and tartar accumulation around your crown. So brush twice a day, and floss the restored tooth, too. Wear a bite guard if you grind your teeth (ask Dr. Johnson about one), and keep your routine cleaning appointments.
Finally, enjoy your crown and your renewed smile. Most porcelain crowns stay in place for at least ten years of service. If you encounter any problems, just call Dr. Johnson's office.
Bring back your smile
Dental crowns do just that for millions of people every year in the US. Find out more by booking a consultation with Dr. Johnson and his friendly team in Pasadena, CA: (626) 798-7896.