When Should Dental Crowns be Used?

Woman at the dentistryCrowns 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 Restoration Options

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When a tooth is decayed or damaged, a restoration will be used to restore the tooth’s strength, shape, size, and appearance. Our dentists in Torrance will choose a restoration based on the extent of the damage and your needs.

Several types of restorations are available, including:

1. Dental bonding
Dental bonding is typically used for cosmetic restorations, such as discolorations or small chips. This is a fast, affordable restoration that can typically be performed without anesthesia, and offers aesthetically pleasing results.

2. Dental filling
A filling is usually needed when a tooth has a cavity or small area of damage. The filling is placed to strengthen the tooth, restore the lost structure, and protect from additional damage.

3. Inlay and onlay
An inlay or onlay is used when the tooth is too damaged for a filling. These restorations are made in a dental lab much like a crown but require less preparation, which means they are a more conservative option.

4. Dental crown
A crown is used when a tooth has been badly damaged and must be fully covered. This can happen when a tooth is broken near the gum line, cracked, or has had a large filling or root canal treatment.

Call our dental office today to learn more about the best dental restoration for your smile or to schedule an appointment with our team.

What are the Benefits of Porcelain Crowns?

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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.