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Benefits of Getting Dental Crowns
Benefits of Getting Dental Crowns

We all want to have a perfect set of pearly whites. But it is estimated that 26% of American adults have untreated tooth decay, while 92% of adults have had cavities in one or more of their permanent teeth.

With the prevalence of tooth decay and tooth loss, it is no wonder that there’s an increase in Americans who have opted to have dental crowns to fill in the gaps. A dental crown restores a damaged tooth by either giving the natural tooth a new top, or “crown,” or by replacing a missing tooth with a perfect prosthetic crown atop a dental implant. 

How Can Dental Crowns Help Me? 

The crown, which is also called a “cap,” mimics the original tooth’s normal shape, size, and function. It can make the tooth and gums stronger and can help maintain proper chewing. If the jaws are forced to chew awkwardly and off-centered due to missing teeth, this can cause problems with the jawbone and the facial muscles, including TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder); therefore, having dental crowns can foster proper chewing and alignment of the upper and lower jaws and teeth. 

Dental crowns are a popular dental restoration solution that can help in protecting damaged and cracked teeth while restoring the tooth’s functionality. There are various reasons why you may need a dental crown, but some of the reasons might include:

  • A cavity is too large for a dental filling.
  • A cracked and damaged tooth is already weak and worn down.
  • You had a root canal and now need a dental crown to help protect the restored tooth.
  • You had an implant that now needs a crown in order to make it in the shape of a real tooth. 

How Does It Work? 

In placing dental crowns, it usually requires at least two dental visits to complete the treatment. When a dental crown is placed over a natural tooth, there are several steps involved:

  1. Your dentist needs to prepare the tooth by removing the damaged portion so that a dental cap can fit.
  2. The dentist takes an impression of the tooth so the cap can be made to fit atop the tooth.
  3. A temporary cap is placed.
  4. When the new crown is ready, your dentist installs it on top of the tooth while making any necessary adjustments.

Dental crowns are durable and can last for 5 to 15 years, which makes it an excellent option because it is cost-efficient. To help maintain the crown, it is best to see your dentist regularly for checkups and maintenance. Of course, this will also benefit your oral health and your overall health in the process.

Expert Dentist in Merced 

If you are looking for an experienced dentist who truly cares about people, choose El Portal Dental Group right here in Merced, California. Our dental team can provide state-of-the-art dental care for you and your whole family. We offer general dentistry, implant dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry services to both adults and children.

To schedule an appointment, call us today at (209) 385-1479 or fill out our online appointment request form now. We look forward to partnering with you for excellent oral health and an amazing smile!


Your Dental Crown Procedure: What to Expect
Your Dental Crown Procedure: What to Expect

The dental crown procedure is one of the most common procedures practiced by dentists. The biggest reason is that it is often the best way to prevent the total loss of a tooth. If, for instance, it hurts when you bite down, you may have a cracked tooth, which may be able to save the tooth. (If the crack is large enough and extends below the gumline, you may also require a root canal along with the crown to save your tooth. There are several other reasons that a patient may choose to get a dental crown, ranging from aesthetic reasons to medical ones. That’s why we compiled with helpful guide to help you know what to expect from a dental crown procedure.

What is a dental crown?

Put simply, a dental crown is a small custom-made cap that fits over a tooth. Crowns may be made from porcelain, metal, resident, or other materials, depending on the reason for the application. Common reasons for the application of dental crowns are:

·       to cover a cavity that is too big to fill

·       to make a bridge that covers a missing tooth

·       to enhance the appearance of your smile, such as by covering a discolored tooth

How is the dental crown procedure performed?

The process of applying a dental crown is often split up into two visits to the dentist’s office. During the first visit, the dentist will inspect the area which the crown is supposed to cover, in order to make sure that it can support the crown. The dentist may also either file down, fill in the tooth, or shave the tooth down in preparation for the crown. (Anesthetic will be used during this part of the procedure.

After the area has been properly prepared, the dentist will take an impression the tooth which will then be sent off to make the crown itself. The dentist will also note the color, carefully matching it to the exact shade of your own natural teeth for a flawless dental crown.

The corn will be custom milled based on the impression, the material your dentist has selected and the specific shading required. Once this permanent crown is ready, you will be ready for the second half of this process. Your dentist will provide you with a temporary crown to last until you come back in for the final fitting of your new dental crown.

On the next visit, the dentist will remove the temporary crown, and put the permanent crown in its place. Overall, used experience very minimal pain associated with this process, though some patients do report an uncomfortable feeling with the temporary crown. It should be noted that this is comfort is often not present with the permanent crown, as the permanent crown was molded especially for your mouth.

If you, or a loved one needs a crown or any other advanced dental care, call Dr. Nguyen to create the most visually pleasing, natural looking and vibrant smile you have always wanted. Call El Portal Dental at (209) 385-1479 today or schedule an appointment online.