If you have damaged teeth or cavities, dental crowns can prevent further issues, restoring their appearance and function. At Ontario Chino Dental Center, cosmetic, family, and general dentist Krupakar "Reddy" Yeturu, DDS, uses crowns to protect teeth from injury and decay. To make an appointment at the practice in Ontario, California, call the office or click the online booking tool today.
Dental crowns are synthetic caps made of gold, porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal. They’re bonded to the top of a damaged or decaying tooth.
Once placed, a crown envelopes your enamel. That reduces the risk of potential complications and makes routine activities like biting and chewing much easier.
Ontario Chino Dental Center uses crowns to:
You might also benefit from a dental crown if you have a stained or discolored tooth that doesn’t respond to teeth whitening.
At Ontario Chino Dental Center, getting a dental crown takes two appointments.
Before you receive a crown, your provider conducts an oral exam, takes oral X-rays, and asks about your symptoms, including when they first started and if biting and chewing make them worse. If your X-rays reveal damage or decay, your provider administers a local anesthetic and removes the affected portion of the enamel.
Then, they take digital impressions of your tooth and send them to a dental laboratory. The technicians at the lab use your impressions to design and create a custom dental crown. When they’re finished, you return to Ontario Chino Dental Center.
At your second visit, your provider once again administers a local anesthetic. Once you’re comfortable, he bonds your new crown to the top of your tooth. Your provider removes any excess material, polishes your crown, and provides care instructions. Applying a crown typically takes 45-60 minutes.
Dental crowns last 10-15 years, but you can extend their lifespan with preventive dentistry. The providers recommend brushing and flossing every day and visiting Ontario Chino Dental Center every six months for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning. In addition, avoid bad habits like chewing on ice, biting your nails, or opening packaging with your teeth.
If you lead a physically active lifestyle or play contact sports, wear a mouthguard to protect your crown from damage.
To learn more about dental crowns, make an appointment at Ontario Chino Dental Center by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.