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By David Gordon, DDS
July 01, 2014
Category: Dentistry

Your Dental Crown Questions Answered!

Has an accident left you with a noticeably chipped tooth? You aren’t alone. In fact the majority of dental injuries occur due to accidents or even sports. While it might not seem as traumatic as having a tooth knocked out, having a chipped tooth is no day in the park either. Depending on the severity, your Vallejo, CA dentist might recommend getting a dental crown.Dental Crown
You might have known friends and family members who have gotten dental crowns in Vallejo, but maybe you still don’t know what they are all about. Leave it to the experts to show you the rope and answer your burning questions.

Q. Why do I need a dental crown?

A. You might need to get dental crowns if you are dealing with one of these issues:
  1. Chipped, misshapen, or cracked tooth
  2. A severely worn down tooth
  3. A tooth with a large filling that needs more support
  4. To hold and support a dental bridge
  5. To protect weak teeth from breaking
If you are experiencing any of these dental problems, then it’s time to see your cosmetic dentist in Vallejo about crowns.

Q. What should I expect on my first visit?

A. On your first visit we will examine the tooth and most likely take X-rays to check the root and surrounding bones to make sure they are healthy. Then we will file down and reshape the tooth to prepare it for the crown.
Once the tooth is reshaped, we will make impressions of your new tooth and send it to a lab. If you are getting a porcelain crown in Vallejo, CA, then we will also match the shade of the crown to the rest of your teeth, so you get a natural smile that looks all yours. We will also give you a temporary crown to wear for the next couple weeks until your permanent crown is fabricated.

Q. What should I avoid with a temporary crown?

A. That’s a great question! Because the name says it all, you won’t have this crown forever. This means that you should avoid sticky foods like gum, try to limit how much you use that side of your mouth during meals, avoid eating harder, crunchier foods, and slide floss out rather than lift out when cleaning your teeth.


Q. What will happen on the second, or last visit?

A. Your dentist in Vallejo will remove the temporary crown, check to ensure that your permanent crown matches your smile, and then numb the tooth with a local anesthetic before cementing the crown in place. It’s that simple!
If you are in desperate need of a dental crown, then it’s time to call your Vallejo, CA dentist today at (707) 557-2200. We can’t wait to get you that healthier smile!


General Dentistry in Vallejo
David Gordon D.D.S.
23 Rotary Way
Vallejo, CA 94591
(707) 557-2200

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