As you get older and look in the mirror, you may notice your teeth are changing. They may be getting a bit worn, or you may have cracked a molar. You may be seeing some gum recession, and you may feel some sensitivity. You may even be having other problems with your teeth. Maybe medications have stained them or made them brittle. Have you ever found yourself wondering what you would do if you lost a tooth or had to have one pulled? It’s good to know what treatments are available. Today we are sharing the facts about dental crowns.
Facts about Crowns
Fact #1: A dental crown is usually a single restorative dental treatment. However when anchoring dental bridges, two crowns are used.
Fact #2: A dental crown is also referred to as a “cap” because it covers a person’s tooth in a similar way as a cap covers a person’s head.
Fact #3: Crowns can be used to restore badly damaged, excessively decayed, cracked, chipped, broken, misshapen, discolored teeth, and/or to cover implant posts, and to anchor dental bridges.
Fact #4: When placing a crown, the damaged or decayed tooth structure is first removed. However, your dentist will save as much of the natural tooth structure as possible. The crown is then bonded to the remaining natural tooth structure.
Fact #5: There are different crown materials to choose from based on the area of the mouth and the biting forces the crown will endure.
Fact #6: All-metal, or zirconia crowns–an extremely strong dental material–are recommended for chronic bruxers. Chronic bruxers grind and clench their teeth incessantly. Your dentist will help you decide which material is best for you.
Fact #7: Other types of crowns available include all-ceramic crowns which are highly esthetic, and porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns which consist of an all-metal substructure for strength, and a porcelain coating for esthetics.
ABOUT YOUR LOS ANGELES GENERAL DENTISTS:
At A Briter Smile Dental Group, our dentists strive to offer each patient individual care and access to the latest in modern dentistry at an affordable price. If you would like to schedule a consultation, contact us at our Los Angeles office at (323) 747-1823. We proudly serve communities in Los Angeles, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Hermon, and Washington Heights.