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Dental crowns are an effective way to help you keep your tooth’s natural roots, while providing more stability to the surface of the tooth. Dental crowns are sometimes viewed as a cosmetic dental procedure, but most importantly they are a very strong a restorative procedure. At Santa Monica Bay Dental, we can complete your dental crown in our office with little to no pain and minimal recovery time.
Dental crowns are typically used when patients suffer excessive decay that has harmed the crown of the tooth and worked its way to the roots; when an infection takes over a tooth; or in the event of a tooth fracture. You can think of the crown the way you would think of a crown on a person’s head – it is placed over the surface of the remaining portions of your tooth to give it the stability you need to chew, talk, and smile with ease. Dental crowns are a durable option that allows you to retain your tooth’s natural roots; the key is to take proper care of it though, to ensure its longevity.
Our dental crowns are custom made to fit the exact shape of your mouth. During the first portion of the procedure, our dentists will prepare your teeth, and then take impressions to have the crown made that will fit your mouth. Because the impression needs to be sent off to a lab, your tooth or teeth are given a temporary crown until the permanent replacement arrives. At your second appointment, the permanent replacement will be placed, but before it becomes a fixture in your mouth, we will ensure a proper and comfortable fit.
Dental crowns are meant to last for a long period of time, but how long they actually last depends on how well you care for them. When you take the time to brush and floss regularly, you decrease the risk of bacterial growth near the fixtures, which helps them to last longer. In addition, avoiding chewing excessively hard foods and eliminating any bad habits that you have with your teeth, such as biting your nails or chewing ice, will help the tooth replacements last much longer!
If you are ready to learn more about how our dentists, Brett Lent, DDS, Tricia Feist, DMD, or Roger Lent, DDS can help you with dental crowns, call us at our Santa Monica, CA office today! (310) 736-2277