What Can Dental Crowns Do For You?
Dental crowns will help to restore the function of your teeth and the appearance of your smile. Fabricated in a dental lab, dental crowns mimic the shape of your original tooth and serve to protect a cracked or weak tooth, repair a broken tooth, provide a new surface for a severely decayed tooth, act as an abutment for a dental bridge, or restore a profoundly stained tooth.
Dental Crowns Are Easy To Place
Our Los Gatos dental office can place your dental crowns in as little as two visits. During your first visit, Dr. Nancy Nehawandian will take an x-ray of your tooth to make sure it’s in good health. If your tooth is severely decayed and infected, a crown might not be enough.
The next step is to reshape your tooth to make room for the crown. This usually involves filing your tooth down, but it could involve building your tooth back up if a large area of your tooth is missing. Dr. Nancy Nehawandian will ensure this process is painless by anesthetizing your tooth and the area around it.
After the reshaping procedure, the staff at Top Down Dental will take an impression of the tooth to be crowned. They’ll also take impressions of the tooth above or below it to make sure the crown will not affect your bite. The impressions are sent off to the dental lab that will fabricate your crown. If your crown will be made of porcelain, Dr. Nancy Nehawandian will use her artistic and cosmetic dentistry skills to choose a color that most closely matches the color of your other teeth. At the end of the visit, you’ll be fitted with a temporary crown to protect your tooth.
Once your permanent dental crown is received back from the lab, usually about two or three weeks later, Top Down Dental in Los Gatos will schedule your second visit – your tooth’s coronation! After removing your temporary crown, Dr. Nancy Nehawandian will check the fit, bite and color of your permanent crown. If everything is up to snuff, she’ll anesthetize your tooth again and cement your new crown permanently in place.
Step three is up to you. After your procedure, it’s important to take it easy on the crowned side of your mouth for a few days. Try chewing on the other side of your mouth and avoid eating anything hard or sticky as the cement works to seal the crown to your tooth. Dr. Nancy Nehawandian of Top Down Dental in San Joas/Los Gatos will give you some guidelines to follow and let you know when it’s okay to eat on both sides of your mouth again.
The life span of your new crown depends on how you treat it. If you practice good oral hygiene habits (regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups), and work to eliminate any bad mouth-habits you may have, like grinding or clenching your teeth, biting your finger nails or opening packaging with your teeth, your new crowns can last up to fifteen years.
Protect Your Smile with Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are a great solution for worn, cracked, broken, decayed, or stained teeth. At Top Down Dental in Los Gatos, Dr. Nancy Nehawandian and her staff have the training, experience and commitment to excellence that will ensure your dental crown procedure is safe, comfortable and successful. To start the crown process, give us a call at (408) 354-5600 or e-mail us online.