Porcelain Dental Crowns
Porcelain crowns are one of the most versatile restorations used in dentistry today. When used in combination with a dental implant, they can replace a lost tooth for a full restoration of the root, as well as the crown. They can also be used to support dental bridges. More commonly, crowns are used to restore teeth that have had structural damage which has compromised their strength or health. Our Los Angeles dental crowns expert can use a crown to hold pieces of a broken tooth together, strengthen a tooth with a large filling or protect a tooth that has had root canal therapy.
If you are a candidate for a dental crown, our expert in dental crowns in Los Angeles will generally need to schedule two appointments to complete the process. For the need of a root canal, this procedure will be performed separately and before the crown is placed. At the first appointment, we will numb the tooth and its surrounding tissues. Once the tooth is fully numb, the decayed tissue will then be removed, and some of the enamel will be trimmed and contoured. This creates room to place the crown over the tooth.
Porcelain Dental Crowns Los Angeles
Our Los Angeles porcelain crowns expert will then make dental impressions, which will serve as a template for your new crown. The crown is made to match your tooth exactly for more aesthetic results. We then apply a temporary crown, as a way to protect your tooth and keep you comfortable, because prepared teeth can be more sensitive. Once your final crown has been made, you will return for your final visit. We will remove the temporary crown and check the permanent crown for a precise fit.
If necessary, we will then make final adjustments to ensure maximum comfort and aesthetics. Our expert in porcelain crowns in Los Angeles will then use a strong dental cement to bond the crown into position over your tooth. Once the crown is in place, you can use it just as you would use any of your other teeth. To care for your new crown, simply brush and floss it the way you do with the rest of your natural teeth. You will need to take care to clean along the gumline at the border of the crown and the tooth to ensure you are removing all plaque and debris, which could decay the natural tooth.
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