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When Your Tooth Needs a Crown

When Your Tooth Needs a Crown

Do you have a toothache? Almost everyone experiences occasional tooth pain. Your teeth are naturally strong — but sometimes, damage and decay can weaken a tooth.

Maybe you bit down wrong and cracked a tooth. Or maybe, a small cavity has grown larger and the tooth is getting weaker. Now, you have ongoing pain, and chewing and talking are uncomfortable. Whatever the cause, you shouldn’t ignore that tooth pain.

Crowns are a popular dental restoration that strengthen and protect damaged teeth. When your tooth needs a crown, turn to Kohei Morita, DDS, and our team at Morita Dental. We specialize in dental crowns, using the best materials and giving you long-lasting restorations that improve your oral health.

The benefits of dental crowns

A dental crown caps the entire visible surface of a tooth. It’s a customizable dental restoration that’s designed to restore strength to weak, cracked, or otherwise compromised teeth. You may benefit from a crown if you have a tooth that’s:

Dental crowns serve both functional and aesthetic purposes. One of the most common reasons you might need a crown is because you have a large filling in a tooth, or a tooth that’s cracked or broken. The crown covers the filling and holds your tooth together.

Dr. Morita may also recommend a dental crown as part of a larger dental restoration. Crowns can hold bridges in place. If you need a tooth extracted or you lost a tooth, a crown may be part of your dental implant procedure. Dental implants are permanent artificial teeth to fill gaps in your smile, and they are topped with dental crowns.

At Morita Dental, we use tooth-colored materials for crowns. We carefully select the materials, so your crown looks just like your natural teeth. Along with functional improvements, crowns can address misshapen or discolored teeth to give you a more beautiful smile.

What to expect when you get a crown

Preparing your tooth is the first step of getting a dental crown. Dr. Morita and our team do a full oral exam. We remove decay and thoroughly clean your tooth, then place a filling, if needed.

We take an impression of your tooth, and we send the impression to a dental lab. The lab manufactures your customized crown, and you come back to the office when it's ready to be placed.

Dr. Morita fits your dental crown over your tooth and bonds it in place. We check your bite and make adjustments as needed to ensure it fits comfortably in your mouth.

In most cases, there’s no downtime required when you get a crown. You continue brushing and flossing your teeth as usual, and be sure to maintain regular dental cleanings with our team at Morita Dental.

If you have tooth pain, it’s time to have it checked out. Schedule an exam at Morita Dental to find out if getting a crown is right for you. Call our office at 408-775-7770, or request an appointment online now.

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