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.
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If you’re the recent recipient of one or more new dental crowns, chances are you have many questions regarding the best way to maintain them. While our cosmetic dentist has probably already gone over many of the basics with you, one frequent point of confusion is whether they are easily stained.
Crowning is a popular method of tooth restoration. It involves the use of a small cap, or crown, designed to emulate the look of a real, natural tooth. The fractured or damage tooth is cleaned and filed down to allow the incoming replacement to fit snugly in its place. After being reshaped, a physical impression is taken and sent to a dental lab, where the cradle of the crown will be customized. At that point, an appropriate false tooth will be sculpted out of ceramic and fired in a kiln. In two to three weeks, you’ll be brought back into the office and the crown will be tested against your bite, adjusted, aligned, and affixed permanently in place. You may be given a temporary crown to protect the raw, exposed original in the meantime.
Porcelain is generally regarded as the best material to use in tooth restoration, especially in places where the replacement will be seen easily. Unlike composite resin, porcelain is quite resistant to damage and discoloration. However, there are many ways in which your new porcelain crowns can acquire an undesirable cast. Overly abrasive toothpaste, for example, can erode the surface of the crown in a way that is incongruous with real teeth that surround it. Cigarettes, acidic foods and beverages, excessive vomiting, and other such environmental factors can contribute to this process significantly.
Unfortunately, bleaching and other traditional whitening methods are not effective on porcelain; in fact, attempting to whiten them will probably set the off-color crown even more at odds with the surrounding teeth as they respond to treatment and the fake one does not. Porcelain dental fixtures, however, are more expensive for a reason: out of all the options available to you, porcelain is the one that is most resistant to both damage and staining. Avoiding habits that can stain your crowns is always the best preventative measure. Aging and normal wear and tear can still cause porcelain crowns to lose their luster over time and even become damaged. In instances like this, our dentist will need to clean them professionally and in some cases even replace them entirely.
Crowns provide important backup for teeth that may fail structurally or visually. Made of metal or porcelain, these “caps” (as they’re also known) are placed over teeth with cracks, discoloring, or damage caused by advanced decay. This way, full functionality is returned to the tooth along with the natural look you desire.
You and your dentist should decide together if your tooth warrants a crown. Some dentists push crowns as a certain kind of fix-all, which is not entirely accurate. There are some failings in teeth that are better served by other products, so it’s important to know the exact situations that call for crowns.
Our dental crowns dentist in Northridge always finishes root canal treatment with a crown. Any tooth that receives a root canal is clinically dead inside the mouth, once the nerve and pulp have been removed. But a crown seals the pulp substitute inside the tooth and ensures you keep your full bite force.
Likewise, a crown is the finishing touch on a dental implant procedure. The replacement factor in implantology is always the titanium root in the jaw. But the crown is the visible portion, and protects the integrity and lifespan of the procedure.
For more about uses of dental crowns, contact your Northridge dentist.
Dental crowns are used to cover and protect teeth that have suffered damage, to typically to physical accident or decay, and are no longer strong enough to function on their own. Our Agoura Hills dentist will likely recommend a dental crown for you if you have a tooth that:
- Has a large filling
- Has just undergone a root canal treatment
- Is cracked, or has cracked tooth syndrome
- Has broken cusps
- Suffers from excessive wear
Many experts recommend porcelain restorations, especially when it comes to crowns. This is due to the several advantages the material offers. Patients benefit from its strength and durability, making it able to endure the everyday bite forces required of chewing and similar actions. It also reflects light in the same way that our natural dental enamel does, so it looks no different than the rest of our teeth. This means that this restoration is rarely noticeable.
Porcelain crowns can last as long as fifteen years with good care before needing to be replaced. The process may be able to be performed in just two appointments. It requires taking a physical impression or digital scan, which is used to design and create your restoration. You can return for another appointment to have a temporary crown replaced with your custom permanent one.