Dental crowns are caps for your teeth that restores them to their normal shape and color. With a crown, you’re on your way to a full and healthy smile in just one or two visits to the office. At First Choice Dentistry in Bakersfield, California, Dr. Allen Mossaei offers quick and painless crown treatment. Book an appointment online today to get started.
A crown is a cap that fits right over your tooth, restoring its strength and improving its appearance. People need crowns for many different reasons—sometimes a weak or cracked tooth needs a crown to hold it together, or other times a crown is used to cover a misshapen or discolored tooth. Another common reason for a crown is to restore a tooth following a root canal procedure.
First, Dr. Mossaei examines your tooth to make sure that it’s a good fit for a crown and that it’s robust enough to support one. Then, he gives you a local anesthetic in the area around your tooth so that you won’t feel any pain during the procedure.
Dr. Mossaei then contours and shapes your tooth so that it’s small enough for the crown to fit over. He only files off a tiny layer, and it takes just a few minutes. After this, Dr. Mossaei makes impressions of your teeth, either with putty or by taking exact digital images of your teeth.
Once the crown is created from these impressions, Dr. Mossaei fits the crown onto your tooth, makes any adjustments as needed, and cements it on permanently.
In general, dental crowns last between five and 15 years. How long a crown lasts depends on how much wear and tear that particular tooth gets, as well as on your mouth habits, like grinding or clenching your teeth.
Whether your crown is new or you’ve had it for a while, you may experience crown pain. This could be due to several reasons, including grinding your teeth at night, especially on a crown that’s misaligned with your bite, or having received a crown on a tooth that’s infected and needs a root canal procedure.
If you experience tooth crown pain, Dr. Mossaei can diagnose the issue and provide you with a treatment plan to eliminate the pain. Book an appointment online with Dr. Mossaei today.