As part of the normal aging process, your teeth may begin to show signs of decay. The effects of years of bacterial growth, plaque, and tartar can cause a number of oral health concerns. People are more likely to need a root canal, replacement of a lost filling, treatment for teeth grinding, or repair of a cracked tooth as they get older.
Dr. Gregory Borrowdale and his staff always do everything possible to save a tooth. When that isn’t possible, we may advise you to have a crown placed on the decayed, chipped, or otherwise damaged tooth. Crowns also protect teeth that have just received a root canal. Not only does this give you a more attractive smile, it helps to restore full chewing function as well.
Different Types of Crowns
After our staff recommends a dental crown, we will discuss the various options you have when receiving this restoration. These include a full gold crown, a full porcelain crown, or a porcelain crown fused to gold or metal. Dr. Borrowdale will complete a comprehensive oral exam to determine which option is right for you. While some patients worry that their crown will be obvious, we assure you that it won’t be noticeable at all. You will forget that you have a restoration after a while and think it is your natural tooth.
What to Expect When Getting a Dental Crown
Most patients complete the process of receiving a dental crown in two appointments. However, we do schedule a third session just in case you need it to make sure that your crown fits properly.
At your first appointment, Dr. Borrowdale removes decay from the tooth. The next step is for him to take an impression of the tooth to receive a crown. Once your impression has fully formed, he sends it to our dental laboratory for processing. Since this can take a few weeks, we provide you with a temporary dental crown until the permanent one is ready. This temporary restoration provides the same aesthetics and functionality that you can expect from your new crown.
When you return to our Folsom office for your second visit, Dr. Borrowdale places the crown in your mouth to ensure that it fits comfortably. He will make any necessary adjustments at this time to make sure that your new crown feels no different than your natural teeth. The last step in the process is to place special dental cement on the tooth and then allow the crown to harden in place. The result is a beautifully restored smile and renewed self-confidence.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your dental care, our dental services, your dental appointment or treatment, contact us today. Phone: (916) 983-1100 Address: 785 Hana Way Ste 203, Folsom, CA 95630