A crown from your Granada Hills Dentist can restore a lot more than appearance!
In order to chew efficiently, you need good, strong teeth. The outer shell of each tooth is composed of enamel, which is, in fact, one of the most durable substances in the body. It is not impermeable, though. Acidic byproduct from oral bacteria can eat away at this protective layer. When it does, the overall strength of that tooth is lost. When we can catch damage at an early stage, we can usually repair the tooth with a filling. More extensive damage will require a dental crown in order to restore the fullest extent of strength.
What is a dental crown?
The dental crown has been an important restorative fixture for many years. A crown resembles a cap, or a thimble that one wears over a finger when sewing. The purpose of the crown is to protect a tooth that has been badly damaged from further injury; injury that might result in the loss of that tooth. Instances in which we may recommend a dental crown include:
- A fracture in an old filling or in enamel.
- A break in a tooth.
- Dental Crown therapy ends with the fixation of a dental crown to protect the tooth that may become brittle over time.
- A large portion of a tooth has been damaged by decay.
Crowns are also vital fixtures that are involved in tooth replacement, either with a dental bridge or dental implants.
Types of Dental Crowns
Restorative dental care has evolved a great deal over time, and we are proud to offer our Granada Hills patients a high standard of care. Crowns were once made from gold. This material is still a viable option, though many patients are apprehensive due to the perception that a gold crown would be indiscreet. At the back of the mouth, a gold crown may be barely perceptible. Whether on its own or as a substructure beneath a porcelain overlay, gold is known for its longevity, which makes it a cost-effective choice.
The most common crown choice is the PFM, or porcelain fused to metal crown. This durable option is a good choice for the back of the mouth, where opacity is of little consequence. Crowns made for front teeth are often fabricated from high-quality ceramic that closely resembles the appearance of natural enamel.
Don't let tooth damage keep you from feeling great about your smile. Call our Granada Hills office at (818) 900-2800 to learn more about dental crowns.