Dental Crowns in Oakland, CA
As individuals grow older, they often find it more and more difficult to maintain their oral health and wellness. Sometimes the problem is caused by poor dental hygiene, while other times, someone simply has weak teeth that are more prone to disease and decay. Here at Franklin Dental Care in Oakland, we can help patients of all ages improve the function and condition of their teeth by applying dental crowns.
What Is a Crown?
A dental crown is a cover or cap that is placed over the visible portion of the tooth or the main part that is present above the gums. This section of the tooth is prone to cracking, chipping, or becoming damaged by cavities. The crown provides a synthetic exterior that protects the soft internal pulp of the tooth by creating a new hard exterior. The crown is resistant to plaque, and it also provides a new surface for chewing and eating.
The first step in receiving a crown is to receive a visual and tactile oral exam from a trained dentist, who can identify whether or not the remaining portion of a damaged or decayed tooth is strong enough to hold a crown. If the tooth is, then the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing the outer portion as well as any decay that might be affecting the tooth. An impression is then made using a mold or digital scan, so a crown that is specially fitted can be constructed for a patient’s mouth.
Sometimes the crown manufacturing process can take up to two weeks, so the dentist will often place a temporary one on the tooth to protect it from heat, cold, and plaque. Patients are advised to avoid hard foods and extreme temperatures in their food and beverages at this time.
When the permanent crown is ready, the patient returns to the office. The dentist will make any final adjustments and then cement the crown in place.
If you need a crown in Oakland, we highly recommend visiting us at Franklin Dental Care for a great fit and an expedited process to help you get back to optimal oral health and wellness.