We use dental restorations to address or prevent issues like damaged teeth or even tooth decay. Instead of relying on restorations crafted from metal, we want to provide an option that looks natural. In today’s blog, your Woodland Hills, CA, dentist will explain how dental crowns provide optimal restoration.
When a Smile Needs a Crown
A dental crown covers the entire visible portion of your smile, which means we have the ability to transform a host of cosmetic and restorative issues in only two visits. A restoration could be used if you have advanced cases of tooth decay or a dental infection. We also repair more severe cracks or chips, which could lead to decay and infection unless addressed. Placement could improve the shape of your tooth, addressing many esthetic complaints. If you have missing teeth, we’ve used them to not only support a dental bridge, but to restore a single tooth dental implant too!
When possible, we want your finished product to blend with your smile seamlessly. For the front-facing teeth, we could use porcelain, which is translucent like enamel and able to be color-matched. For the side and rear teeth that must endure greater bite forces, we could use porcelain-fused-to-metal or zirconia, which look natural but also absorb daily bite forces and pressures just like a natural tooth does.
Creation and Placement
To begin, we will need to administer a local anesthetic to ensure you feel relaxed and comfortable. Afterward, we will remove the outer structure from the tooth and then take a series of detailed digital images and impressions. We use the information to design and fabricate the crown in a lab setting. When the restoration is ready, you will return to the office. Our team will check the fit and if needed, make some final adjustments to it. The finished product is then attached to the tooth with a powerful bonding agent.
Keeping Your Smile Strong
Afterward, routine care can help keep it bright and strong, protecting the tooth we’ve attached the restoration to. You should make time to brush your teeth for two minutes when you wake up and then again before going to bed, and use a fluoride toothpaste too! Make time to floss every evening, and if possible, cut back on sugary foods and drinks, which prevents issues like cavities, infection, and gum disease, common threats to your natural teeth and restorations. If you have any questions about our dental crowns, then contact our team today.
Talk To Your Woodland Hills, CA Dentist About Custom Repair
We would like to help people enjoy a strong smile that looks and functions great. If you have a broken or fractured tooth that needs repair, then contact your Woodland Hills, CA, dentist’s office by calling 818-347-5124.