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.

Dr. Nikunj Raiyani

Hanford Family Dental Center

Dr. Nikunj Raiyani

At Hanford Family Dental Center we want to give our patients the best and most modern dental care. While dentistry focuses on the prevention and treatment of dental conditions and enhancing the aesthetics of your smile, we add a personal touch to it by understanding that your smile is unique. Through several years of training and experience, Dr. Nikunj Raiyani provides the best and most effective results through personalized and customized care. We work alongside you to help you achieve all your dental goals and desires. Our hygienists JD, Daisy and Jessica go the extra mile to educate you and help ensure your comfort throughout the treatment process. Although our office environment is modern, our Front Office staff and assistants ensure that you have a pleasant and smooth experience every time you visit us. At Hanford Family Dental Center, everything is about you!

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