Damage to your teeth can happen at any time and have many causes. For instance, you could be mowing your lawn and not see a rock in your path until you are hit in the mouth by it. A tooth weakened by decay could crack when eating hard foods. Fortunately, a dentist can help save a tooth by placing a crown on it.
A dental crown is a cover or cap that goes over a tooth to support and protect it if it’s been cracked or broken and is otherwise healthy. Sometimes dentists use them to improve the appearance of teeth if your natural ones appear to be too small.
Permanent crowns are available in several materials including:
If you need a crown in Ramona, our dentists at Ramona Main Street Dental can help you choose the best material for it. They will show you the options and then recommend materials based on the location of the crown and your dental habits.
For instance, if you grind your teeth, then a ceramic crown may not be a good choice. Also, people with metal allergies may not be able to get a metal crown installed. Some of the metals in crowns are:
Most metal crowns are alloys, which contain more than one metal. Metal crowns are often used for the molars because they rarely chip or break.
To install a crown so that it stays in place, one of our dentists in Ramona will use a dental drill to remove the outer surface of the tooth after you receive an anesthetic to numb it. Then, they will fit the crown and remove more of the tooth if necessary.
Once the crown fits properly, your dentist uses dental cement to keep the crown in place. Afterward, most cement is cured by using a curing light, which is a UV light. Once the cement hardens or cures, the crown will not move, and your smile will look great again.