Dental crowns are used to cover and protect teeth that are badly damaged, misshapen, or otherwise compromised. You may also need a crown if you are having a root canal therapy, are a candidate for a bridge, or have a large filling. Our Los Angeles dental crowns dentist can typically place a crown in two dental visits.
Procedure for Crowns
At your appointment, we will examine the tooth and ensure that a crown is the right choice for your tooth. A dental X-ray or other records may be taken to create a treatment plan. Our expert in dental crowns in Los Angeles may also take dental impressions to design your new crown. The porcelain is quite thin, but to keep your bite comfortable, some of the enamel must be removed. This is generally a conservative process, but you will be given a local anesthetic so that we can prepare the tooth for the crown without any discomfort to you. Some of the tooth structure will need to be trimmed to make room for the porcelain crown. A temporary crown is attached to your tooth to protect it until the permanent crown is made and can be bonded.
Benefits of Crowns
Crowns look and feel natural, and they can help extend the lives of your own teeth. In some cases, teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted can be saved and kept in your mouth by covering them with crowns. Our Los Angeles dental crowns dentist uses dental porcelain to create the most natural looking crowns possible, and we can design them in colors and contours that closely match your own teeth. Crowns are as strong as your own teeth, too, and are resilient against stains. They do not decay and can remain in place for years without needing to be replaced.
Once your crown is in place, it only needs good dental hygiene to provide you with years of service. Brush carefully, especially at the border between the crown and the tooth. Any buildup in this area could lead to decay under the crown and premature crown failure. Avoid biting or chewing on nails, pencils, ice, and anything else that is not food because these items can damage both your crowns and your natural teeth.
Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in dental crowns in Los Angeles.