Uses of Dental Crowns

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Crowns are a common restoration used in both children and adults. Reasons for crowns may include:

• A tooth is severely damaged or decayed
• A tooth is discolored or anemic
• A dental implant or bridge has been installed

Crowns are also known as caps or jackets, alluding to the coverage they provide for unsightly or malfunctioning teeth. They also provide support for teeth with structural deficiencies, usually caused by cavities.

In children and adolescents, crowns are placed over baby teeth when the child is at high risk for cavities and decay, usually due to a lack of dental hygiene. Some children find daily brushing and flossing a difficult commitment, even with parental oversight.

Crowns are available in a few forms: all-porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, gold alloy, and base-metal alloy. All-porcelain, either ceramic or glass-like, crowns are typically used for teeth in the line of sight. This is also true of porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, while the alloys are typically used in back teeth where the metal is not so visible. However, according to our expert in dental crowns in Los Angeles, these kinds of fillings are the strongest in terms of durability and chewing force.

For more about the uses of dental crowns, contact your local dentist.

How are Dental Crowns Placed?

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A dental crown is a tool used for a tooth that is badly damaged or decayed. It is used when a filling cannot replace enough of the tooth, or will not make it strong enough to function properly. Your expert in dental crowns in Beverly Hills may also use a crown to aid a dental bridge. Other purposes of crowns include cosmetic reasons, such as covering misshapen or badly covered teeth.

The entire process of getting a crown placed occurs over the course of only two visits to your dentist in Beverly Hills. During your first visit, they will assess the tooth in question. If it is severely damaged or broken, they may need to fill it in order to make room, or make it the right shape for the crown. After this is achieved, your dentist will take an impression of the tooth and the teeth surrounding it. At the end of this first visit, you will receive a temporary crown, in order to protect your tooth until the real one is made.

The impression will then be sent to a lab, where they will make a crown out of the specific material you and your dentist have decided on. It is custom made for you and the shape of your tooth. During the second visit, the temporary crown is removed, and the new one is positioned and fastened with a special adhesive.

It may take a few days for you to get used to the feel of your crown, but it will be your toughest protection against any further damage or decay.

When are Dental Crowns Used?

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Dental crowns are used in a variety of scenarios. A crown has the same shape as a tooth and is hollow in the center, so that it can fit over teeth. Crowns can be made of metal, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.

When a tooth has become weakened, it runs the risk of breaking. If a crown is placed on top of the weakened tooth, it saves the tooth by giving it the strength and support necessary to survive. In some instances when a patient has a rather large cavity, a dental filling is not going to provide the tooth with enough strength to survive. In this instance, a dental crown is used instead. In fact, dental crowns are used to restore teeth that have undergone a root canal. Sometimes crowns are used for cosmetic reasons. For instance, a crown can be used by our West Hollywood cosmetic dentist to cover a misshapen or discolored tooth.

Crowns are also used to hold dental bridges in place. They go over the abutment teeth so that the prosthetic tooth in the middle has enough strength to withstand biting forces. Dental crowns are also placed on top of dental implants in order to replace teeth.

If you are looking to restore one or more of your teeth using a crown, contact our expert in porcelain crowns in West Hollywood to schedule a consultation.

When to Choose a Dental Crown

Dental crowns are a durable restoration that fits over the tooth’s natural crown. They are often used to strengthen and support the remaining tooth structure while preventing additional damage. Our dentist in West Hollywood can help you decide if a crown is right for you.

1. When your tooth is badly damaged
Severe damage can leave a tooth vulnerable to cracking or crumbling. By restoring it with a crown, the tooth can continue to function for many more years.

2. When you have a large filling
Large cavities can be restored with fillings, but a crown may also be needed to prevent the tooth from cracking or becoming even more damaged.

3. When your tooth has had a root canal
A root canal removes diseased tissue from the interior of the tooth, and a crown is used to permanently restore the tooth.

4. When you are having a lost tooth replaced with a dental implant or dental bridge
Crowns are used to cover the root form of the implant or to support the dental bridge that is replacing the lost tooth.

5. When you have a severely misshapen or discolored tooth
Although some types of cosmetic issues can be corrected with more conservative measures, crowns are often needed to correct more serious issues.

Each patient’s needs are unique. We will first evaluate your needs and goals before recommending a course of action. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in dental crowns in Los Angeles.

What are Crowns Made of?

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For a tooth that has been weakened by injury or decay, a dental crown is used to restore the tooth and provide it with enough strength to survive. Crowns are also placed on top of dental implants. Crowns are usually made out of metal, porcelain-fused-to metal, or porcelain.

Metal crowns are usually made out of gold alloys or base-metal alloys. This type of crown holds up extremely well to biting and chewing forces. Metal crowns also tend to wear opposing teeth down less than other crowns. The major flaw of this type of crown is its high level of visibility.

Our West Hollywood dentist may suggest using a porcelain crown if you are especially concerned with the aesthetic element of your tooth restoration. This type of crown can be made to very closely match the color of your surrounding teeth. Porcelain is not as strong as all-metal crowns and may not last as long. Porcelain crowns also tend to wear opposing teeth down a bit more than metal crowns.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are a nice middle ground between all-metal and all-porcelain crowns. They offer a good amount of strength, while still allowing the crown to be color-matched to your surrounding teeth.

If you are interested in learning which crown is right for your dental needs, contact our expert in dental crowns in West Hollywood to set up a consultation.

If a Dental Crown Has Fallen Off, is it a Dental Emergency?

If a Dental Crown Has Fallen Off, is it a Dental Emergency?Dental crowns are a great restoration for restoring the appearance and function of a tooth. However, most crowns will not last forever, and you will probably need to get yours replaced at some point. Sometimes a crown can fall out unexpectedly, and when this happens, you should see our expert in emergency dental crowns in Los Angeles right away.

Crowns require a tooth to be filed down so that it can fit comfortably on top. A lot of the enamel will have to be removed, so the innermost part of the tooth is exposed. If the crown falls off, the remaining tooth structure will be susceptible to increased sensitivity and bacterial buildup. When a dental crown falls off a tooth, it needs to be replaced immediately before further injury or infection occurs.

An impression will need to be taken of the altered tooth so that a permanent crown can be designed in a lab, but our emergency dentists in Los Angeles can provide you with a temporary crown to wear until your permanent crown is ready. Once your temporary crown is adhered to the tooth, the dentists will give you instructions to keep it safe until you can receive your permanent crown.