Dental Crowns Fountain Valley
Dental crowns may provide the solution you are seeking if you have decaying, malformed, or damaged teeth. At Andrew G. Mortensen DDS Inc., we are committed to meeting our patients' functional and aesthetic goals; for this reason, we are happy to offer dental crowns at our Fountain Valley practice, as they can improve tooth strength while also providing a natural looking appearance.
Dental crowns may provide the solution you are seeking if you have decaying, malformed, or damaged teeth. At Our team of dental professionals, led by Dr. Andrew G. Mortensen, can discuss your needs in person if you are seeking dental care and determine a course of action. To schedule a consultation regarding dental crowns, please contact our Fountain Valley office today.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Designed to protect weakened or damaged teeth from further decay, dental crowns fit over the exposed part of a tooth and are bonded with dental cement. The cap, which is made from durable and natural looking porcelain, in effect serves as a new tooth while preventing further damage to the root structure. The benefits of dental crowns are numerous: you can enjoy improved functionality, increased tooth strength, a natural appearance, and boosted self-confidence. If you have a tooth that is damaged, a crown can help restore the functionality and natural beauty of your smile. Crowns can also be attached to dental implants to replace missing teeth.
Placing Dental Crowns
The process for placing dental crowns typically requires two visits. During your initial visit, a thorough examination of your teeth and their supporting structure will be made. If the root structure or tooth pulp show signs of decay or disease, further treatment may be required before a crown can be placed. If the teeth and gums are in good health, the affected tooth or teeth will be prepared to receive a dental crown. To accommodate the new crown, the tooth will have to be either filed down or built up using filling material; the technique that is employed will be dependent on the condition of the tooth, as proper fitment of the crown requires a minute difference in size between the receiving tooth and the prosthetic. Once the tooth has been reshaped, an impression will be made using dental putty. This mold will be used to fabricate the permanent dental crown. A temporary crown will be placed over the tooth until the permanent version can be affixed.
When the permanent dental crown is complete, you will return to our dental practice to have your temporary crown removed and your permanent porcelain crown placed. Though placing the permanent crown is a relatively straight forward procedure, there may still be some discomfort. For your benefit, a local anesthetic may be used to numb the tooth and surrounding soft tissue. As the receiving tooth is reshaped during your initial consultation, the permanent crown will slide right on, at which point it can be anchored with dental cement.
Contact Us to Learn More about Dental Crowns
Dental crowns provide a long-term, natural looking solution to damaged and malformed teeth. If you have a tooth that is cracked, chipped, or misshapen, you may be a candidate for dental crowns. Please contact our Fountain Valley dental practice today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mortensen.