When a tooth has become fractured or is deeply decayed, extraction may be the first solution that immediately comes to mind. In some cases, however, action this drastic is not necessarily required; if our dentist believes that there is a possibility of saving the tooth in question, he may suggest the possibility of having one or more porcelain crowns placed in your mouth.
Dental crowns are restorative fixtures that are placed over badly damaged teeth that are still firmly rooted in the gums. Our dentist will remove a portion of the outer enamel of the tooth to accommodate the bulk of the crown, clean the area, and set the crown with a special type of light-sensitive cement; in many cases, there will be a waiting period between your initial appointment and the final placement of the crown. In scenarios like this, the patient will most likely be given a temporary crown to protect the tooth of contention.
The applications dental crowns are suitable for span from the practical to the purely cosmetic. While some people may elect voluntarily to have one placed in their mouth, there are plenty of cases that may require that a tooth be protected for medically necessary reasons, as well. A patient who is interested in changing the size, shape, or color of an otherwise undamaged tooth can absolutely do so through the use of a dental crown. In the case of a tooth which has sustained physical damage and has become chipped, cracked, or fractured completely, a crown can be used to both protect the delicate inner membrane of the tooth and also to hold it together in place, salvaging it and saving you the trouble of needing to replace it through more invasive means, such as a dental implant. The same can be said for a tooth that is crumbling in decay and is too painful to leave fully exposed. Dental crowns can also be used to support other cosmetic fixtures present in the mouth; for example, a crown can serve as the abutment on either side of a dental bridge, restoring multiple teeth in the process. They can also be used to cover a dental implant.
If you feel that your particular case could possibly benefit from a dental crown, consult with our dentist in Torrance at your next appointment. We will no doubt be able to guide you to the most suitable solution for what you wish to improve about your smile.