Restore your smile
with dental crowns
If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, a dental crown from Dr. Dustin or Dr. Emily Dodds is a great way to restore your smile and your bite. Contact us to schedule your appointment at Dodds Dental in Long Beach, or learn more about crowns below.
Understanding the basics
What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are a type of prosthetic used in restorative dentistry. A crown is essentially a thick, durable “shell” that’s built to look just like your natural tooth. Today, they are usually made of porcelain, but a lot of different materials like gold, stainless steel, and others have been used to make crowns in the past.
Before the crown is built, your natural tooth is trimmed down. Then a porcelain crown is built to fit over the tooth, covering it up all the way down to the gum line. The crown functions as a false tooth, protecting your existing enamel while maintaining the natural appearance and function of your bite.
Primarily, crowns are intended to treat serious oral health issues, such as treating cavities that are too large for a filling, covering up infected teeth that have received treatment with a root canal, or repairing a tooth that has been damaged by major oral trauma.
However, crowns can sometimes be used in cosmetic dentistry, too. If Dr. Emily or Dr. Dustin Dodds determines that one of your teeth can’t be treated with a standard cosmetic treatment like a veneer or dental bonding, a crown may be a better alternative.
How long do
Crowns usually last?
Most porcelain dental crowns have an expected lifespan of between 15-20 years before they wear out and need to be replaced. However, proper oral hygiene and care can easily extend the lifespan of a crown to 20 years or longer.
To make sure your crown lasts as long as possible, you need to make sure you clean your teeth properly. Tooth decay underneath a crown is a common cause of premature crown failure. Brush twice a day for two minutes, floss once a day, maintain a healthy diet, and avoid sugary foods and drinks when possible.
You also should come and see Dr. Emily and Dr. Dustin Dodds every six months for a teeth cleaning and oral exam, and get annual x-rays. This allows your dentist at Dodds Dental to make sure your crown is in great shape, and recommend repairs or replacement right away if there’s an issue with the crown.
Does it hurt
To get a crown?
No. It will not hurt to get a crown. To prepare for a crown, a layer of your tooth enamel must be removed using a dental drill, but your mouth will be totally numb during this process. While you may feel some pressure or vibrations from the drill during your treatment, you won’t feel any pain.
After your treatment and the application of your temporary dental crown it’s common for your tooth to feel tender and sensitive, and you may experience a little bit of soreness or discomfort. This usually lasts about a week.
Restore your smile
Contact Dodds Dental Today
The team at Dodds Dental is always standing by to provide you with expert restorative care in Long Beach. So don’t wait. Contact us online or call at (562) 439-0754 to get an appointment with Dr. Dustin or Dr. Emily Dodds today.