Using Crowns for Restoring Damaged Teeth
Dental crowns are used when a tooth has had significant structural damage or has undergone root canal treatment. A crown can also be used with a dental implant to replace a missing tooth. A crown is usually made with dental porcelain so that it closely resembles dental enamel. Porcelain is also biocompatible, which means that it will not irritate your gums or other soft tissues.
Placing a crown will usually require two dental appointments. Your tooth will first need to be prepared, a process that requires the tooth to be shaped and contoured to receive the crown. The porcelain crown will be made to fit over the entire visible part of the tooth, so enough enamel will need to be removed to make room. Once the tooth is ready, a dental impression will be taken. This impression is used to create a model of the tooth and the crown. Because the crown is normally made in a dental lab, you will need to wear a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready. The permanent crown will be bonded to your tooth using a special bonding adhesive or cement, which will be cured with a special light.
Your new crown will strengthen and support the damaged tooth and protect it from any more damage. You will need to brush and floss it along with your other teeth as, even though it will not decay, the natural tooth below it will still be vulnerable, especially at the border between the crown and the tooth. Call our dental crowns dentist in Northridge today to learn more about dental crowns or to schedule your consultation.
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