Dental crowns can address a number of common tooth issues, and they’re among the most common restorative treatments available today. Tricia Mockler, DDS, is highly skilled in installing dental crowns and has helped many men and women in Cupertino, California, feel more confident with their smile. If you’d like to explore dental crowns or other restorative treatments, book an appointment online today, or call to speak with a member of the administrative staff.
Crowns Q & A
A dental crown is a restorative treatment that serves to protect your natural tooth tissue with an artificial covering that replaces all of the visible surfaces of your tooth. It is a versatile treatment that can resolve a number of dental concerns.
Some of the issues a dental crown can correct include:
- Broken teeth
- Tooth irregularities
- Severe discoloration
- Advanced decay
- Replacing of a large filling
- Securing a dental bridge
- Cracked teeth
- Worn down teeth
Crowns are also the visible portion of dental implants. Dr. Mockler also offers ceramic veneers, which can address many of these same dental issues.
The most important part of having a new crown installed is the preparation stage. Dr. Mockler uses the iTeroⓇ digital imaging system to gather information about the exact shape of your tooth and bone tissue.
This eliminates the need for sticky and uncomfortable impression trays. Advanced intraoral digital scanners also deliver more accurate and detailed imaging, including 3D and panoramic views. Improved imaging leads to better treatment outcomes.
Dr. Mockler begins the hands-on portion of treatment with a numbing injection to ensure you’re comfortable from start to finish. Next, she removes a small amount of your natural tooth tissue to make room for the crown. If needed, filling material can be inserted to “build up” the tooth to support a new crown.
The team takes a new set of digital images and sends them to the partner lab, where your new crown is crafted to suit those exact specifications. Dr. Mockler never sources dental crowns from overseas labs, and she uses a facility where she has an extensive history.
A temporary crown is placed over your tooth to protect it until your permanent crown arrives. You’ll return to have your new crown cemented into place, which completes the restoration.
Once your new crown is in place it will not require any special care. You should avoid biting down on non-food objects, and you should never use your teeth as tools to hold or pry objects.
Simply brush and floss daily, and be sure to schedule routine dental cleanings and exams. These visits allow Dr. Mockler to check your crown along with the rest of your teeth to make sure there is no damage or gum health issues.
Learn more about dental crowns during a one-on-one consultation. Booking a visit is as easy as a phone call or a few moments on the online scheduling page.