A crown is a tooth-shaped cap placed over a tooth to restore its original size, shape, strength, and appearance. The crown covers the entire visible part of the tooth above the gum line. It is often used when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth or when the tooth is so broken or badly decayed that there is little of the tooth structure that can be saved.
Dental crowns restore teeth that have experienced severe tooth decay, have suffered some impact damage, or are simply misshapen and unsightly to the eye. At Brentwood Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, we have these dental crowns made in a laboratory from impressions taken of your teeth to fit securely over the top of a damaged tooth. This restores the tooth’s size, strength, and shape to function again.
The Procedure for Dental Crowns
The process of placing a crown typically requires two visits to our office. During the first visit, we will prepare the tooth for the new crown by removing the damaged portion and taking any needed X-rays to create a proper fit for your restoration. Then, we will take impressions of your tooth and send them to the dental lab, where your custom porcelain crown will be fabricated. After your permanent crown has been made, you will come back to our office to have it placed and polished into place. You will leave this appointment with a brand-new smile!
Types of Dental Crowns
The latest model in the evolution of crowns available today, ceramic crowns are metal-free restorations that are designed to match the natural color and shape of your teeth. This makes them an ideal choice for restoring damaged and broken teeth in the front as well as back teeth. Ceramic crowns are the most common type of crowns. They can be used in almost any area of the mouth. However, they tend to wear down over time in areas like the back of the mouth, where less natural enamel is left to protect the crown from damage.
Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM) Crowns
PFM crowns combine the strength of a metal substructure with the natural-looking appearance of porcelain. The metal substructure provides durability and support, while the porcelain overlay provides a tooth-colored outer surface. PFM crowns are often used for both front and back teeth.
A crown can protect your tooth against further damage and decay so that you don’t lose your tooth to a more severe problem. To learn more about dental crowns, visit the Brentwood Center for Cosmetic Dentistry at 11645 Wilshire Blvd Ste. 790, Los Angeles, CA 90025, or call (310) 312-0505.