What patients in the Hanford, CA area need to know about dental crown replacement

Dental crowns are a common treatment for many tooth ailments. When a cavity goes unnoticed and causes a great deal of decay, a simple filling will not do. Instead, a crown may be used. Crowns are also used in conjunction with dental bridges when a tooth is missing. Finally, crowns are used when a tooth is broken following an accident or trauma to the mouth. Dental crowns are effective because they provide support and allow the tooth to function as necessary.

Dental crowns can be damaged

Even with the best at-home care and regular checkups, the dental crown will wear just like the natural teeth do. Crowns can also become damaged by biting into hard items such as ice, pretzels, or pens, or from eating foods that are very sticky. In most cases, a crown does not break and fall off immediately. Rather, the patient will begin to notice that it feels loose, or will see damage around the edge of the crown.

Dr. Nikunj Raiyani of the Hanford Family Dental Center urges his patients to seek help as soon as they notice any damage to the crown. It is important that the patient not wait until the tooth hurts, because a compromised crown is not protecting the tooth from further damage or decay.

Fixing and replacing dental crowns

In some cases, a crown can be fixed easily with bonding material. In other cases, it will need to be replaced. The process for having a dental crown replaced is very much like having it placed the first time.
  • During the initial appointment, Dr. Raiyani and his team take x-rays to determine how much damage may exist inside the tooth.
  • Impressions may also be taken so that the dental lab can create a replacement crown that fits comfortably, supports the tooth, and is an ideal visual match to the rest of the teeth.
  • Depending condition of the inside of the tooth, the original crown may need to be removed in order to clean out infection or damage. In this case, a temporary crown is placed until the new crown is ready.
  • Once the crown is created, the patient returns to the office to have it bonded into place.
At the Hanford Family Dental Center, Dr. Raiyani is committed to ensuring the dental health and comfort of his patients. For more information about new crowns or dental crown replacement, call our Hanford, CA office today at 559-530-8080.

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