A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers your entire tooth, protecting it and restoring its strength and function. The crowns that protect your teeth are made of various materials at Carlston Dental Group. Porcelain or ceramic is the most famous crown material, and for a good reason! Porcelain is strong and durable and mimics the translucent appearance of a natural tooth better than any other option. Ceramic is also stain-resistant, meaning you can enjoy your favorite foods and beverages without worrying about damaging your restorations.
In some cases, metals like gold are also good options for a custom restoration. Gold is strong, durable, and long-lasting, though it tends to wear down opposing teeth more quickly than other materials. However, this can be a good solution for patients whose teeth are more sensitive to porcelain or other ceramics.
Your tooth will be prepared to receive the crown at the first appointment. This involves reducing its size to allow room for the crown to be placed on top. After the tooth is prepared, an impression is taken, which will be sent to our lab, where it will be fabricated to perfectly fit your mouth and match the color of your teeth. Before you leave your first appointment, a temporary is put in place to protect the tooth while your permanent crown is being crafted. At the second appointment, the permanent crown is placed over your tooth. It is checked for fit and cemented in place. Once placed, you can care for it like you would for your natural teeth, with regular brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings every six months.
A tooth treated with a root canal must be strengthened against cracking and breaking. A dental crown covers the entire visible portion of the affected tooth above the gum line and adds an extra support layer.
Since crowns fit over an entire tooth, they protect it and restore its biting and chewing abilities. This can help patients fully recover after a root canal and prevent further damage to a tooth.
When teeth are discolored from trauma, infection, medications, or tobacco use, they can be covered with all-metal or all-porcelain dental crowns. These restorations can be shaded to match a patient’s natural enamel shade or even change color for a unique look.
A dental crown can last ten years or more with proper care. Plus, they can last even longer if supported by a good oral hygiene routine, including brushing twice daily and flossing once daily.
A crown is a restoration that is fixed on top of a damaged tooth to improve the function of that tooth as well as its appearance. Contact Carlston Dental Group at 2472 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064, or call (310) 838-0844 to learn more about dental crowns and if they are right for you!
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