A filling will fix a cavity, and a bridge could replace a missing tooth, but what if you have a broken or cracked tooth? What if advanced decay or infection arises? In order to protect the smile and repair the tooth, your Woodland Hills, CA, dentist may recommend a dental crown. Find out how we design and craft a custom-made dental crown!
When Do We Prescribe One?
Since a crown completely covers the visible aspects of your tooth, this means they provide a number of restorative and cosmetic dental benefits. For example, when placed we can reshape malformed teeth, repair chips and cracks, treated advanced cases tooth decay, and lengthen worn down teeth. They have been used to help fill gaps between the teeth, secure dental bridges, and even offer restoration to single tooth dental implants. Placement also masks permanent teeth stains, the kind that may not otherwise respond to traditional teeth whitening options. Once in place, they protect the remaining tooth structure from infection or decay.
Creating Your Custom Restoration
To create them, we start by removing structure from the surface of the teeth. We then take detailed impressions of the smile, which we use in the design process. When you return for a second visit, we will have finished your new restoration and will place it with a powerful bonding agent. The completed crown should not only fit comfortably, but look natural as well. With proper care and attention, they have the potential to last for decades. You simply care for them as you would a natural tooth, which means routine brushing and flossing and regular visits for checkups and cleanings.
Ensuring a Lifelike Appearance
We have a number of materials available to help ensure a natural-looking appearance. Porcelain is commonly used of the front-facing teeth, as this material can mimic the translucent nature of tooth enamel and be shaded to match the color your teeth. For the side and rear teeth, which must endure greater bite forces, we may instead rely on zirconia or porcelain-fused-to-metal. All options can be shaded to match the rest of your smile, so no one needs to know you’ve had work done on your smile! If you have any questions about the cosmetic and restorative potential of our custom-made dental crowns, then please contact our team today to discuss treatment and schedule a consultation.
Does Your Smile Need Restoration?
We want to help return smiles to optimal health and beauty with a quality restoration. For more information on our restorative care, including options to repair damaged teeth, please schedule a consultation by calling Woodland Hills Dental Arts in Woodland Hills, CA today at 818-347-5124. We also proudly welcome patients from Encino, Sherman Oaks, and all surrounding communities.