If you break or fracture a tooth, or develop a cavity, a dental crown can restore your tooth’s appearance and prevent further damage. At LakeFront Smiles in Stockton, California, family dentist Pushpinder Sethi, DDS, and her caring team use dental crowns to address a variety of common tooth-related problems. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped covering that encases the entire surface of your tooth. Once placed, a crown restores your tooth to its near-original shape, size, strength, and appearance.
Crowns protect your tooth and provide a long-lasting cosmetic solution. With proper care and good oral hygiene, a crown can last for 10-15 years. Dr. Sethi and the team at LakeFront Smiles use porcelain crowns. Porcelain mimics the color and light-reflecting properties of natural tooth enamel, ensuring you achieve stunning results.
Dr. Sethi uses dental crowns to:
You might also benefit from a dental crown if you need a root canal. A dental crown can prevent harmful bacteria from entering the center of your tooth and causing another infection.
Getting a dental crown usually takes two appointments spaced several weeks apart. During your first appointment, Dr. Sethi conducts an oral exam and takes a series of X-rays to look for signs of tooth decay or gum disease.
Afterward, she administers a local anesthetic to numb your gums and tooth roots. Once the anesthesia sets in, Dr. Sethi prepares your tooth to receive a crown. To do this, she carefully files a thin layer of enamel off the top and sides of your tooth, then takes a series of impressions using dental putty.
Dr. Sethi sends your molds to a dental laboratory that manufactures your permanent crown. Before you leave the office, she applies a temporary crown and makes sure your bite is in alignment.
About a week later, you return to LakeFront Smiles. At your second appointment, Dr. Sethi removes your temporary crown, cleans your tooth, and bonds your permanent crown in place. She polishes the crown and provides you with a list of care instructions.
If you want to keep your dental crown in great shape, Dr. Sethi recommends brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing regularly, and visiting LakeFront Smiles for a professional cleaning and oral exam every six months.
To extend the life of your dental crown, you should also avoid bad habits like biting your fingernails or chewing on hard candies or ice cubes.
Don’t wait to care for a chipped, cracked, or otherwise damaged tooth. Schedule a dental crown appointment at LakeFront Smiles. Call the office or book a consultation online today.