Crowns are prosthetic devices that are placed on severely damaged teeth to restore their normal size, shape, strength, and function by completely encapsulating the portion of the tooth above the gum line with a cap.
Crowns provide a simple and effective restorative and cosmetic dental treatment. If you’re considering getting crowns in Mira Mesa & Scripps Ranch, CA, you should first consult with Neal Pham, DDS to determine whether they’re right for your case.
Some of the situations when dental crowns are used include:
- To protect a weak tooth (such as one suffering from decay) and prevent it from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
- To restore a tooth that is already broken or severely worn down
- To hold a dental bridge in place
- To cover a dental implant
- To cover severely discolored or misshapen teeth
Dental Crowns in Mira Mesa & Scripps Ranch CA - What to Expect
If you’re a suitable candidate for dental crowns, Dr. Pham will guide you in selecting the best material for your case depending on the position of the tooth and severity of damage. Porcelain or ceramic crowns are the most common materials because they can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Other crown materials include gold and metal alloys and acrylic and ceramic.
After choosing a material, Dr. Pham will proceed to prepare the damaged tooth for restoration by removing any decay around the area and shaping the tooth so that it leaves enough room for the cap to fit properly without altering the normal size and shape of the tooth after repair.
Next, Dr. Pham will take an impression of your tooth and use it to create a model for designing your custom crown. Your custom crown can now be fabricated in a dental lab using your preferred dental material. This process takes about two weeks, so a temporary crown may be fitted for your comfort. Your permanent custom crown will be bonded on your next visit. You may also choose same-day crowns for faster tooth repair.
Book a crown placement appointment today
To learn more about tooth-colored crowns, please contact our office in Mira Mesa & Scripps Ranch, CA. We will also schedule your appointment with Dr. Pham for your personal consultation.