Bahia Dental Group
General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Pittsburg, CA
Dental crowns are versatile tools that can address a wide range of dental concerns. At Bahia Dental Group in Pittsburg, California, Marzieh Oghabian, DDS, specializes in creating gorgeous crowns that restore your smile and your confidence. If you have questions or concerns about dental crowns, schedule a consultation to learn more. Online scheduling is available, or you’re always welcome to call or stop by the office to book your visit.
What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are artificial “caps” that cover the surface of your natural tooth. They serve to protect and strengthen the tooth and can also improve its appearance.
Dental crowns are used to correct many different dental issues, including teeth that are:
- Weakened by decay
- Worn down
- Unable to support a large filling
Dental crowns also form the visible portion of a dental implant or bridge. In those cases, the crown is not attached to natural tooth tissue.
What is the process for getting a dental crown?
During your initial visit, Dr. Oghabian examines your teeth and gathers X-ray imaging to learn more about the internal structure of the damaged tooth or teeth. If a crown is the right course of action, she’ll numb your tooth and gums before removing a small portion of your tooth enamel.
That process makes room for your new crown to fit over the surface of your tooth. In some cases, it’s necessary to use a special dental material to build up your natural tooth before the crown is secured into place.
Next, Dr. Oghabian gathers impressions or imaging to send to the lab. This information provides the exact size and contours of your tooth so the crown will be a perfect fit. You may receive a temporary crown to wear until the permanent crown arrives from the dental lab.
Once Dr. Oghabian receives your new crown from the lab, you return to have it placed. She carefully checks the fit and can make small adjustments as needed. Once you and Dr. Oghabian are happy with the fit, she uses a special colored cement to secure the crown in place and match the shade of your natural teeth.
After she removes any excess adhesive on the exterior surface of the crown and performs a final check for fit, your dental crown will be a lasting part of your smile.
How should I care for my new dental crown?
Dental crowns require no special care. Simply brush and floss regularly to prevent plaque from developing.
You should avoid biting down on anything hard, which could weaken your crown (as well as your natural teeth). Never use your teeth to pry or open anything. Dr. Oghabian will check your crown during routine dental exams and cleanings, and you can expect many years of your new smile.
When you’re ready to begin, schedule an appointment online or by phone.