How Dental Crowns Can Restore Your Smile

Santa Monica, California, dentist offers dental crowns

If one of your pearly whites has been damaged or severely worn down, it can cause several problems for your smile. You may notice the area is sensitive and chewing can cause discomfort. It may also look unsightly when you try to smile. If this has happened to you, a dental crown may be able to renew your harmed tooth. Santa Monica Dental Arts in California offers this as a way to restore function and appearance to your teeth.

What Is A Crown?

Simply put, dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that cover the entire tooth. They can protect the structure from further damage, infection, and can improve the appearance of your grin as well. This restoration can be made out of many different materials. In our office, we use porcelain because it can be crafted to look lifelike and durable. These caps may be used if you have chipped, broken, or worn down one of your pearly whites due to an injury or other condition. For instance, if you frequently grind your teeth, this restoration may be done after your bruxism problem has been treated.

Other Uses For A Crown

A cap may also be placed over the tooth after a root canal treatment has been done. This restorative procedure is done to help relieve discomfort that may be caused by a severe cavity. During this treatment, the damaged part of the pulp is removed, and the area is filled. For extra support and protection, the cap may be placed after you have recovered.

To avoid needing root canal treatment, it is important to treat cavities promptly. If your dentist notices signs of decay during your biannual checkup, they may recommend a filling. This is the process of removing the decayed area and filling the material with composite resin.

Receiving Your Dental Crown

Before you can receive your restoration, your dentist will examine the area. If the tooth has been harmed in an accident, make sure to come in for an emergency appointment. Do not wait until you are due for your next checkup, as this could cause the problem to worsen. During the visit, the dentist will check the area to make sure it can be repaired. Then, measurements will be taken so that the cap can be crafted. A small amount of your natural tooth may need to be reshaped so that the crown can fit. When it is ready, the dentist will check that it fits properly. Finally, it will be cemented in place. With proper care, it should last for many years.

Talk To Our Team About Restorations

If you need to repair a broken tooth, or are interested in another treatment, call Santa Monica Dental Arts in California at 310-395-1261 to schedule an appointment.