A New Tooth with a Porcelain Crown
A porcelain crown, or “cap,” is a manufactured replica of a tooth’s top portion (also called a crown). The cap can be placed over a tooth to restore its function and appearance, or secured to a dental implant post to replace a lost tooth. Typically, crowns are most effective at restoring a tooth that has been structurally damaged (i.e., chipped, cracked, or broken), or that is marred by severe cosmetic issues, like internal staining. If your tooth receives a large filling, or has to be treated with root canal therapy, then a porcelain crown can also reinforce the weakened tooth.
Placing a Dental Crown
Dental crown placement usually requires two or more visits, depending on the severity of your tooth’s concerns and how many crowns you need to have placed. During the first visit, Dr. Koshki will prepare the tooth by lightly sculpting it down to accommodate the crown. He will then take careful measurements and an impression of your tooth, which will be used to craft your lifelike porcelain crown.
Benefits of Porcelain Crowns
Porcelain and zirconia are the most common materials used to make dental crowns due to their many benefits and lifelike appearance. Besides their highly-appealing esthetic value, porcelain crowns are also durable enough to effectively withstand bite pressure without cracking or breaking. Because they’re biocompatible, the porcelain also produces a minimal amount of friction against your other teeth, reducing the chances of excessive tooth wear.
If your tooth would benefit from a less-extensive restoration, then Dr. Koshki might consult with you about porcelain veneers/lumineers, which cover less of your tooth’s surface and, therefore, require less preparation. Dr. Koshki will also check to ensure that you do not unconsciously grind your teeth (bruxism), which could severely damage your crown and other dental restorations.
Visit Santa Monica Dental Arts Today!
At Santa Monica Dental Arts, conveniently located in Santa Monica, CA, Dr. Moeiz Koshki, Dr. Sakamoto and our staff are dedicated to providing the highest-quality dental care to patients of all ages. As a highly-skilled general dentist with over 25 years of experience, Dr. Koshki is well-known and in high demand for the stellar service he provides, and for his expertise in creating beautiful, healthy smiles for life. To learn more about the services we offer, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Moeiz Koshki and Dr. Sakamoto, call Santa Monica Dental Arts in Santa Monica, CA today at 310-395-1261.