Restore Damaged and decayed teeth
Dental Crowns in Elk Grove
If you have a damaged tooth due to tooth decay or an oral injury, Dr. Jeron Winslow is here to help. At The Grove Family Dental, we can restore your smile with a natural, tooth-colored crown that will protect your tooth from further complications and damage. Contact us today for a consultation!
Understanding the basics
What is a dental crown?
Dental crowns are a unique type of dental prosthesis. They are designed to mimic the shape and appearance of a natural tooth. After your tooth is trimmed, the crown is placed over the enamel and is attached to your tooth permanently, covering up the entire chewing surface of your tooth all the way down to the gum line.
Because they completely replace your tooth and cover it up, they’re often used to restore damaged or severely decayed teeth, or to protect teeth after root canal therapy. Dental crowns are also occasionally used for cosmetic purposes.
Know your options
Am I a good candidate for crowns?
Dental crowns are the best choice for a variety of patients. If you have a large cavity, for example, a crown is usually a better option compared to a filling. Dental crowns are also sometimes used to replace large, worn-out fillings.
You’re also a good candidate for a crown if your tooth has been cracked or broken by dental trauma. Crowns are typically the best way to restore damaged teeth and prevent further complications, like tooth infections.
Finally, you may be a good candidate for a crown if you need cosmetic treatment, but one or more of your teeth can’t be restored with a standard cosmetic procedure like bonding or veneers. A very small and misshapen tooth, for example, may require a crown.
The Benefits of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns restore your smile and your bite, and they look completely natural. Porcelain crowns look exactly like a natural tooth. With a crown, you’ll be able to get back to your day-to-day life without any pain or discomfort.
In addition, crowns help prevent further complications related to damaged and decaying teeth. Your tooth will be cleaned and treated to remove damaged enamel, and the crown will cover up the entire surface of the tooth, protecting it from bacteria, food debris, and damage.
Crowns also require no special care. To keep your tooth healthy and your crown strong, just brush and floss normally, and see Dr. Jeron Winslow for a cleaning every six months.
What to expect
The Crown Process
It takes two appointments to get a dental crown at The Grove Family Dental. At your first appointment, Dr. Jeron Winslow will prepare your tooth. Your mouth will be cleaned and numbed, and he will trim your tooth with a dental drill to prepare for the crown.
Then, he will take impressions of your teeth. These will be sent to a dental lab, where your crown will be built. You’ll be sent home with a temporary crown. In about 2-3 weeks, your permanent crown will arrive at our office, and you’ll come back for your follow-up.
Dr. Winslow will check the fit and finish of the crown, and make minor adjustments, if necessary. Then, it will be bonded into place permanently and polished to match your teeth, completing the procedure.