Walnut Creek, CA dental office provides porcelain crowns
So, you have been told by your dentist that you need a dental crown. Now what?
Dr. Mark Wong of the Walnut Creek, California community uses dental crowns regularly to restore the smile and help protect teeth that may have been affected by large cavities or breakage. The dental crown is essentially a cover that is made to protect all exposed angles of a natural tooth. This allows the crown to act as an extra layer against damage while strengthening the tooth and ensuring it functions at its best. Dental crowns are often used on the molars near the back of the mouth, as they provide proper coverage while being able to withstand chewing forces.
What can a patient expect from the process of obtaining dental crowns?
First, patients are evaluated to determine if they are a good fit for a dental crown. Crowns are used in some of the following situations:
- Coverage of a dental implant abutment to replace a missing tooth.
- Fused to false teeth called pontics to fabricate a dental bridge for missing teeth.
- Areas where large cavities and fillings fail to restore the tooth’s strength and durability.
- Coverage of a tooth that has a defect, such as permanent staining.
- Coverage of a tooth that has recently had work done such as root canal therapy.
Once a patient is determined to be a good candidate for a porcelain crown and is ready to move forward with placement, preparation is completed. Preparation requires the dentist to remove portions of the enamel around the tooth’s core. Then, impressions are done and used to create the restoration at a dental laboratory with an experienced ceramist. The final crown is then bonded onto the prepared tooth at a second appointment. With proper care and attention, most patients will have their dental crowns for many years before they need to be replaced.
Are you in need of porcelain dental crowns?
Connect with Dr. Mark Wong of Walnut Creek, California to discuss your options. The office is located at 3075 Citrus Circle, Suite #204 and accepts new patients and families who call for an appointment at (925) 678-5600.