Dental Crowns are a tooth-shaped cap that is permanently cemented over a natural tooth, to enable restoration of the tooth’s natural strength, shape and size – also improving its appearance. The crown will cover the visible portion of the tooth above and directly at the gums lining, once it is permanently cemented into place.

Crowns are often time used to hold weak, broken or cracked teeth in place to avoid potentially further fracturing. Crowns are also often times used to support large fillings, attach a bridge, or even cover discolored or deformed teeth. Dr. Arteaga can also place crowns over your current dental implants.

Dr. Arteaga usually requires two dental visits to install crowns. First, Dr. Arteaga will need to prepare to the tooth or implant for the upcoming crown. Dr. Arteaga will then grind and shape the tooth so that the crown can be properly fitted. Then, an impression will be made of the tooth and its surrounding gums, which is then sent to a laboratory for the crown can be created. The dentist fits a temporary crown over the tooth, until the permanent crown is ready. During the second visit, Dr. Arteaga will remove the temporary crown and cement the finished permanent crown into place.

Generally, crowns last approximately five to eight years, and with good oral hygiene most crowns will last longer. Certain habits such as fingernail biting, chewing of ice, and grinding of teeth can do damage to the crown, and should be completely avoided.

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