You can feel confident about your smile again by replacing broken, discolored, or otherwise compromised teeth with a crown. Dr. Patricia Chao of Chao Dental Studio in Santa Clara, California is a highly skilled dentist with experience creating more beautiful smiles with crowns. Call or book online to schedule an appointment today.
A dental crown is a cap that covers an existing tooth and is cemented in place. It covers the tooth underneath and rests at the gum line.
Crowns come in a variety of materials and can match the color, shape, and size of the other teeth in your mouth. Crowns are also called “dental caps.”
Crowns are used for various reasons. If your tooth is very weak, broken, or there isn’t enough tooth remaining to support a large filling, you may need a crown to cover the tooth. A crown can strengthen and hold the tooth together.
Some patients opt to have a crown cover a significantly discolored tooth, or a tooth that’s misshapen or otherwise makes you feel self-conscious. Crowns are also used for dental implants.
If Dr. Chao recommends a crown to fix your tooth, the procedure will take two visits.
During the first visit, Dr. Chao examines the tooth to ensure it’s strong enough to support a crown. She will then file down the existing tooth, or if the tooth is very weak or broken, Dr. Chao may need to fill it in to make it strong enough to support the crown. She may use a local anesthetic during this procedure so you won’t feel any discomfort.
Then, Dr. Chao will take an impression of the tooth, as well as the surrounding teeth. She sends the impression to a special lab that will create the new tooth. In the meantime, she places a temporary cap on the tooth to protect it while you wait for the new crown.
When the new crown is ready, you return to the office and have the temporary cap removed. The new crown will be placed over the tooth, and a special adherent will keep it in place.
It may take a little while to adjust to your new crown. You won’t experience any pain, but it may feel different than your previous tooth felt in your mouth, especially when you bite down. After a short time, the crown should feel “normal” and just like any other tooth in your mouth.
Dr. Chao is highly experienced at placing crowns and can answer any questions you may have. Call Chao Dental Studio or schedule an appointment online.