A dental crown is a common procedure that protects, strengthens, and restores the look of a damaged tooth. At his private practice in Moreno Valley, California, Adwen P. Yap, DDS, provides dental crowns to patients of all ages. To restore a damaged or decayed tooth and improve your oral health, call the office or book your first appointment online today.
A crown is a cap placed over your tooth and permanently cemented in place. It’s shaped just like your natural tooth. A crown covers your complete tooth down to your gum line, and it’s used to restore the function and appearance of a damaged tooth.
Dental crowns are often made from resin, ceramic, stainless steel, or other metal. Metal crowns are durable, but the color doesn’t match that of your natural teeth. Ceramic and resin crowns can be color-matched to your teeth so the crown blends in naturally with your smile.
A dental crown’s primary function is to strengthen and protect a weak tooth. Crowns can help keep a severely decayed tooth from breaking or prevent a cracked tooth from falling apart.
Dr. Yap often recommends a dental crown to:
A dental crown normally requires two visits to the dental office. During your first appointment, Dr. Yap examines your tooth and prepares it for the crown. Preparation includes numbing your tooth and gums and filing the tooth down on the top and sides to make room for the crown.
Depending on the type of damage or decay your tooth has suffered, Dr. Yap may use a filling material to build up the tooth to help support the crown. After reshaping your tooth, Dr. Yap takes an impression and your crown is created in a lab.
At your second appointment, your customized dental crown is fitted. Dr. Yap cements the crown permanently in place and checks the fit to make sure your bite is not affected.
You can expect your dental crown to last between five and 15 years. At your regular dental cleaning appointments, Dr. Yap will make sure the crown is still working as it should.
Getting a dental crown is a comfortable and convenient experience with Dr. Yap. To treat decay, damage, and more, make an appointment by calling the office or booking online today.