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James Van Sicklen, Jr. DDS

Family & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Stockton, CA

Dental crowns have become one of the most common methods for protecting a tooth immediately after root canal treatment or to repair the damage. The team at James Van Sicklen, Jr. DDS in Stockton, California, specializes in using crowns to repair damaged teeth and protect recent dental work for the men and women around San Joaquin County. To learn more about the benefits of dental crowns, call or go online today to book an appointment.

Crowns Q & A

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns refer to synthetic teeth designed to either cover a damaged tooth or replace an extracted one. In most cases, Dr. Van Sicklen recommends a dental crown after you’ve undergone a root canal treatment or your tooth is damaged and needs repair beyond superficial adjustments.

When should you consider a dental crown?

Dr. Van Sicklen recommends dental crowns for a variety of reasons, especially if you have:

  • Damage that needs to be covered
  • Had root canal treatment
  • Discolored or cracked teeth
  • An oversized cavity
  • A missing tooth

You should get in touch with Dr. Van Sicklen if one or more of these reasons apply to you.

What types of crowns are there?

During your consultation, Dr. Van Sicklen identifies the type of dental crown likely to blend in best with your existing teeth. In most cases, it comes down to the material. Typical materials for crowns include:

  • Ceramic
  • Porcelain
  • Stainless steel
  • Resin
  • Metal (gold or alloy)

The material of choice is often ceramic or porcelain, though your particular dental needs might not allow either of these.

What happens during a dental crown procedure?

Dental crown procedures are commonplace, noninvasive, and speedy.

Dr. Van Sicklen starts by numbing the area where the crown is meant to go. He then creates an impression of the affected tooth that the crown is modeled after.  

While you wait for the permanent crown — this typically takes 1-2 weeks — you might be fitted with a temporary, removable one.

Once the permanent crown is ready, Dr. Van Sicklen places it and makes any minor adjustments needed to ensure that it fits like a glove.

Using cement, he places the crown over the damaged tooth or in the gap. Once the crown is placed, you’re all set.

Does a crown require extra care?

Remember, a dental crown is intended to serve the exact same purpose as a natural tooth, so you should treat it as such. Follow standard oral hygiene best practices:

  • Brush your teeth, at a minimum, twice a day
  • Floss daily
  • Avoid hard and chewy foods
  • Schedule your twice-yearly checkups

Dental crowns can be instrumental in restoring a smile that maybe has caused you pain, embarrassment, or constant discomfort. Get in touch with James Van Sicklen, Jr. DDS today by phone or online to book an appointment.