Wood Family Dentistry
Keith Wood, DDS
General Dentistry & Orthodontics located in Folsom, CA
f you’re seeking a tooth restoration option that offers a natural appearance while preserving as much of your healthy tooth tissue as possible, dental crowns may be a great fit for you. Keith Wood, DDS, at Wood Family Dentistry is highly skilled in crafting beautiful, natural-looking dental crowns for men and women. Schedule an appointment today to learn more about dental crowns. Online scheduling makes it easy to find a convenient appointment time, or you’re always welcome to call the office in Folsom, California.
Crowns Q & A
What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are protective “caps” that cover the damaged portion of your natural tooth tissue. Advancements in dental technology have led to crowns that are virtually indistinguishable from the surrounding teeth.
Dental crowns are also a durable restoration choice, and once they’re in place, they look and function like natural tooth tissue.
At Wood Family Dentistry, they offer metal-free crowns made from zirconia. Zirconia is the hardest-known ceramic in the industry and best matches the shade of your teeth.
What are dental crowns used for?
There are many reasons why Dr. Wood might recommend a dental crown. Crowns can:
- Replace a large filling
- Cover asymmetrical teeth or teeth with cracks, discoloration, or other imperfections
- Offer extra support to the teeth that are weak or damaged
- Prevent a fractured tooth from further damage
- Strengthen a weak tooth
- Complete a root canal
Dental crowns are also the visible portions of dental implants and bridges. In these instances, crowns are anchored to protective materials, not your natural tooth tissue.
What’s the process of getting a dental crown?
The process begins with a thorough dental exam. Dr. Wood evaluates your teeth to determine the best treatment path and discusses your options in detail. If a dental crown is right for you, he collects imaging and impressions.
If you need a filling, root canal, or other dental work prior to getting a new crown, you may need an additional appointment.
Dr. Wood provides local anesthesia to numb the treatment area during the procedure. He then removes a small portion of your tooth tissue to make room for the crown. If necessary, he uses a special dental material to build up the tooth to accept the crown.
He then takes impressions and performs scans that provide the information the dental lab needs to craft your custom crown. You receive a temporary crown to wear until the permanent one arrives.
At your next appointment, Dr. Wood removes your temporary crown and checks the fit and color of your permanent one. If everything looks good, he cements the crown into place and checks your bite.
How do I care for dental crowns?
Once in place, your new crown should last between 5-15 years. You can maximize the life of your crown by engaging in good oral hygiene habits.
It’s also important to refrain from chewing ice or other hard items, using your teeth as tools to pry or open things, biting your fingernails, or grinding your teeth at night.
If you’re ready to learn more about dental crowns, book an appointment online or over the phone at Wood Family Dentistry today.