A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size, and strength, as well as improve its appearance. It can cover and protect cracked and severely decayed teeth and enhance the appearance of misshapen or discolored teeth. A crown may be made from any one of various materials, including gold, porcelain, ceramic, or a combination of the above. At Smileywood Dental Office, we offer high-quality restorations at affordable prices. Our dentist can help you determine which type of restoration is right for your smile!
Dental crowns can also be used with implant-supported bridges to replace missing teeth. They anchor a crown on either side of the gap where the missing tooth used to be, with the artificial pontic tooth replacing the missing tooth and preventing the shifting of the surrounding teeth. The implant itself will bond with the surrounding bone, helping to prevent bone loss in the jaw.
The Dental Crowns Procedure
The doctor will examine your teeth at your consultation and check for any signs of tooth decay or gum disease. If our doctor recommends a crown, they will prepare the tooth, take an impression of it, and send it to the lab for the fabrication of the crown. You’ll be fit with a temporary crown until your final restoration arrives from the laboratory. Once the permanent crown is ready, you’ll return to the office to have it placed. The dentist will ensure it fits correctly and looks natural within the smile. In some cases, adjustments to the shape or color of the crown may be needed to ensure it looks completely natural. Then you’ll be ready to enjoy your restored smile and the function of a fully intact tooth.
The Benefits of Dental Crowns
If your tooth has been severely damaged or weakened by decay, you may need a crown to protect it from further damage and to improve your chances of keeping your natural tooth for as long as possible. A crown can also help reinforce a tooth that has had a root canal treatment. While crowns can be made of various materials, porcelain crowns are the most popular due to their durability, appearance, and ability to match the color of your natural teeth.
Once your tooth is restored with a crown, it will look and function like the rest of your natural teeth. However, it’s important to remember that additional care may be required to ensure your new crown lasts for many years. This may include regular visits to the dentist for checkups and professional cleanings. Additionally, you should avoid chewing on hard foods or objects that could damage your restoration. This will help ensure your smile stays healthy and beautiful for as long as possible.
To learn more about how dental crowns can strengthen and protect your teeth, visit Smileywood Dental Office at 4354 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029, or call or text (323) 741-0556.