Dental Crowns Northridge
Our teeth are hard and durable. In fact, they can last as long as you do when you take good care of them. Unfortunately, teeth can become damaged through day-to-day wear and tear and dental accidents. If you have a tooth that is severely decayed or that has been broken, our Northridge team might recommend dental crowns.
A crown is a restoration that completely encases the part of the tooth that sits above the gumline. This type of restoration can be used if a tooth is broken in half, has become weak, has a large filling, or is otherwise structurally compromised. Several materials can be used to make crowns, including ceramic resin, gold, porcelain, and porcelain-metal combinations. Porcelain is the most common crown material because it combines strength and function.
Porcelain looks much like dental enamel. It is naturally translucent and reflects light just like teeth do, but it can also be tinted in colors that match your teeth. Porcelain is extremely strong and can withstand normal bite forces without wearing or cracking. If you are a candidate for crowns in Northridge, we may recommend porcelain crowns for aesthetic and functional reasons.
The process for getting crowns is similar regardless of the type of crown you choose. First, we will numb the tooth that is being treated. The tooth will need to be shaped, which requires the removal of some of the structure. If there is severe damage, it might also require a filling to fortify it. Next, we take an impression to serve as the model for your crown. The permanent crown is placed at a later visit, and it is bonded to your tooth using a special adhesive.
Dental crowns require no special care beyond normal dental hygiene tasks. Patients can brush and floss them just as they do their own teeth. Porcelain crowns can be used not just to restore badly damaged teeth, but also to replace missing teeth when they are used with bridges or dental implants. Call our offices today to learn more, or to schedule your appointment with our Northridge cosmetic dentist.
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