If you’ve ever had a large filling, a weakened tooth, or a cracked or broken tooth, then you know how difficult it can be to maintain the functionality of the tooth without risking significant damage or even breaking the tooth in half.
When the structural integrity of a tooth has been compromised, a dental crown is placed over the tooth, covering all of the surfaces of the tooth’s surfaces like a cap. Crowns are made of particular materials that are fabricated for aesthetics, strength, and durability.
An oral exam with Dr. Ebrahimi is necessary to determine if crowns are right for you. X-rays will be taken to rule out active decay and gum disease.
A procedure known as enameloplasty will be performed to prep your tooth for a crown. We will trim and shape your tooth by filing down your tooth proportional to the thickness of the crown. This creates enough space for the crown and prevents it from sticking out.
After filing your tooth down, we will take impressions of your teeth. These impressions are sent to a dental lab for crown fabrication. A shade guide is used to match the crown to your natural teeth.
Crown fabrication can take a few weeks. An immediate temporary crown will be placed over your filed-down tooth for protection and durability. This will be removed at your next appointment.
Once your official crown is ready, you’ll return for another appointment and we will check the appearance and fit of the crown to make sure you’re happy with it. Then, we’ll bond the crown to your tooth with dental cement.
After taking a mold of your tooth, this is sent to a dental lab that creates your custom-made dental crown out of the specified materials for your needs.
This includes porcelain or ceramic for tooth-colored crowns or metal crowns for high durability and strength in the back teeth, or zirconia or porcelain-fused-to-metal for a combination of strength and aesthetics.
You will be given a temporary dental crown to restore your smile and protect your tooth after performing an enameloplasty that will remove a significant portion of your tooth in preparation for your official crown.
After a few weeks, we will remove the temporary crown and bond your official lab-made crown to your tooth. These crowns have a lifespan of 5 to 15 years depending on the material.
Digital x-rays are fast, comfortable, and safe. High-resolution images help us make more accurate diagnoses while exposing you to a fraction of the radiation used by traditional film x-rays. Most patients will get one or two full sets of x-rays each year, but additional imaging may be recommended one if you have a potential issue or if you have experienced a dental emergency.
Fluoride treatments are easy to add to any routine preventive visit, and are great for helping keep dental decay at bay. After your cleaning, your dentist will apply a fluoride-rich varnish or gel to your teeth, and leave it in place for several minutes before rinsing it away. Fluoride helps to strengthen your enamel through a process called “remineralization,” which works by attracting minerals like calcium and phosphates to your teeth, helping to restore their hardness and increase their resistance to acids.
Dental sealants are most commonly recommended for children who may be high-risk for tooth decay, but they’re also a great option for patients of any age who wish to protect themselves from developing cavities. A relatively straight-forward procedure, dental sealants start with the application of dental resin, usually to the rear teeth, as they have more grooves and uneven surfaces where plaque and bacteria can easily hide. A UV light will be used to cure the resin, hardening it and creating a powerful barrier between your enamel and food debris, acid, or bacteria. When applied correctly, dental sealants can last for years!
Many patients struggle with gum disease, and if left untreated, can risk losing their teeth and other problems. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, and is the only stage that can actually be reversed with deep cleanings and attentive at-home hygiene. If you have gum disease, keeping up with your regular cleanings and checkups will help you gain control over your oral health before it’s too late!
For patients with more advanced stages of periodontitis, we recommend scheduling deep cleanings at more frequent intervals, usually every three to four months. Although the effects of advanced gum disease can’t be reversed, deep cleanings, scaling, and root planing can halt the progression of periodontitis and help preserve your oral health.
Oral cancer screenings are an important part of every preventive care visit. Catching oral cancer in its early stages allows us to stop it before it spreads, and can save your life. That’s why we’ll always check for signs of oral cancer at every preventive visit.
Your dentist will examine your oral tissues, like your gums and tongue, keeping an eye out for abnormalities like lesions, lumps, discolorations. If we find anything unusual, we’ll take a biopsy and send it out to a specialist for a thorough analysis. Although oral cancer isn’t overly common, it’s important to remain proactive and consistent with your oral healthcare routine, so we can identify any issues before they become major problems.
Teeth grinding and clenching while sleeping is a common issue faced by many patients. Night guards are a great solution for this unconscious clenching, also known as bruxism. Night guards form a soft barrier that protects your teeth from damage caused by the pressure of clenching and grinding. Your dentist will take an impression or a scan of your teeth and gums to create a unique mold that will be sent to a dental lab, where your night guard will be custom-crafted. Night guards work by easing the tension in your jaw, alleviating the painful headaches and other side effects of clenching and grinding, so you can get the sleep you need and keep your teeth from wearing down.
Sports mouth guards are worn over the teeth, just like night guards. However sports guards are designed specifically to protect your smile from dental injuries that are so common when playing high-intensity impact sports. Custom-fitted sports guards can help protect athletes from oral trauma caused by collisions to the mouth, face, and head. If you play football, basketball, baseball, soccer, rugby, hockey, gymnastics, mountain biking, or other activities that put you at risk for injury due from falls, body contact, or flying objects, ask us about getting fitted for a custom sports guard today! Tailored to fit your unique smile, sports guards are comfortable, durable, and won’t stop you from playing the sports you love.
A crown will restore the appearance of your tooth while protecting it from damage, hold together a broken tooth, and provide enough strength and durability to tolerate chewing forces.
Crowns are commonly placed in the rear molars following root canal treatment because the tooth is significantly weakened as well as when a tooth receives a large filling.
Removing most of the tooth structure will make your tooth significantly vulnerable and in need of additional protection like a crown. Crowns are often used to complete tooth restorations like dental implants or to anchor restorations like dental bridges. If you need a dental crown, don't wait any longer. Contact us online or call us at (714) 957-1044 to schedule an appointment today!