Porcelain Dental Crowns

The dental experts at Covina Family Dental provide dental crowns in Covina for patients who have cracked teeth, decaying teeth, misshapen teeth, misshapen dental implants, or teeth with a significant amount of dental fillings and not a lot of natural tooth left. 

How Dental Crowns Work

Dental crowns correct the size, shape, appearance or strength of imperfect teeth. They are intended to cover (or “cap”) the entire tooth (or what is left of it) to restore its appearance or protect it from further damage. Once a crown is cemented into place, it covers the entire tooth that is visible above the gum line. Dr. Kiran Mistry or Dr. Priti Mistry will choose a dental crown made of porcelain, ceramic, stainless steel, other metal such as gold, or resin, depending on each patient’s dental needs and individual anatomy.

What to Expect During Treatment

The dental crown procedure typically takes two visits to Covina Family Dental.

During the first office visit, either Dr. Kiran Mistry or Dr. Priti Mistry may first take X-rays to examine the tooth’s roots, as well as any surrounding bone. If the preliminary dental exam shows that the tooth to be treated has extensive decay or other issues, the skilled Covina dentist may recommend that the patient undergo root canal therapy prior to the dental crown procedure.

Next, Dr. Kiran Mistry or Dr. Priti Mistry numbs the tooth and surrounding gum tissue before filing down the tooth to make room for the crown. Dr. Kiran Mistry or Dr. Priti Mistry determines how much enamel to file away depending on the type of dental crown. For example, all-metal crowns are thinner, so Drs. Hatae and Patil do not need to remove as much of the tooth for these as they would with, for example, porcelain crowns.

On the other hand, if a significant region of the tooth is missing due to damage or decay, Drs. Hatae and Patil may build up the tooth with filling material. This is needed to create enough surface space to support the crown.

Using a type of putty, a Covina Family Dental expert next makes an impression of the patient’s tooth to be treated with the crown. The dental impressions are then sent to a laboratory, where a lab technician makes the crown. This usually takes two to three weeks. During this time, the patient wears a temporary crown to protect the prepared tooth.

During the second visit, Dr. Kiran Mistry or Dr. Priti Mistry removes the temporary crown and inspects the color (making sure it matches neighboring teeth) and fit of the permanent dental crown. If the dentist is satisfied, he or she will numb the area with a local anesthetic before cementing the dental crown permanently into place.

Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Crowns?

In addition to meeting certain criteria that Dr. Kiran Mistry or Dr. Priti Mistry will go over during consultation, suitable candidates for dental crowns want to treat one of the following:

  • A tooth that is severely weakened by decay or damage (or is at high risk for tooth decay)
  • A broken, chipped or severely worn-down tooth
  • A misshapen or severely stained tooth
  • A tooth with a significant amount of filling material and not much natural tooth left
  • A dental implant that needs covering
  • A tooth that needs a cosmetic modification
  • A gap caused by missing teeth that requires a dental bridge, which requires a crown to bond to

At-Home Care for Dental Crowns

While using temporary dental crowns, patients should avoid chewy foods such as caramel or chewing gum. Patients with temporary dental crowns should also avoid hard foods such as raw vegetables. (Either type of food may damage or dislodge the temporary crown.) They should also avoid chewing as much as possible on the side that has the temporary dental crown. Lastly, those with temporary crowns may have to adjust the way they floss. Covina Family Dental will provide comprehensive instructions for care of temporary crowns.

Patients should care for permanent dental crowns as they would their normal teeth. They should follow proper oral hygiene practices: brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and rinsing the mouth with antibacterial mouth wash.

Permanent dental crowns should last from five to 15 years, depending on the patient’s oral hygiene practices, oral habits such as a patient’s proclivity for clenching or grinding teeth, and individual anatomy.

To schedule a one-on-one consultation, or to learn more about dental crowns in Glendora, Covina and West Covina, please contact Covina Family Dental by at (626) 331-0688 or by filling out the “email us” form.