Hanford dental practice explains the dental crown procedure

Dental crowns are useful in various situations. For example, crowns can protect a weak tooth, restore a broken tooth, hold a dental bridge into place, or improve cosmetic appearance by covering crooked or discolored teeth Dr. Nikunj Raiyani of the Hanford Family Dental Center can prepare and bond the crown into place in two office visits.

During the first visit, Dr. Raiyani and his team:
  • Take x-rays to determine if the tooth has any decay or if there is a potential for infection or injury to the tooth’s root.
  • Apply a numbing agent, and prepare the tooth for the crown. This may include filing away a very small amount of enamel or building the tooth up using bonding material, so that it can support a crown.
  • Make an impression of the tooth and surrounding area
  • Place a temporary crown to cover and protect the tooth while the crown is being manufactured at a dental lab.
While the dental crown is being prepared, patients should exercise a few precautions. Avoid sticky or hard foods that can pull off or break the interim crown. Temporarily shift the majority of chewing to the other side of the mouth. Take extra care when flossing to prevent inadvertently dislodging the temporary crown. Once the final crown is ready, the patient returns to the dental office for the second visit.

During the second visit, Dr. Raiyani:
  • Removes the temporary crown.
  • Ensures that the permanent crown fits properly and that the color matches the patient’s surrounding teeth.
  • If everything looks good, the tooth and gum area may once again be numbed before the new crown is permanently bonded into place.
Once complete, patients should follow good oral hygiene practices such as brushing, flossing, and using an antibacterial mouth rinse.

If you think you might need a crown, call the Hanford dental practice of Dr. Nikunj Raiyani. Together with his team, Dr. Raiyani can save a weakened tooth and restore your beautiful smile.

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