dental crownWhether you suffer from decay or have had your teeth injured in some way, you need to address damage as soon as possible. As with most issues that affect your smile, delaying treatment can lead to more serious problems developing. If your teeth have suffered some sort of trauma, one of the most common procedures to treat them is with a dental crown. In today’s blog, your Newport Beach, CA, dentist discusses dental crowns and the benefits they can provide.

What Is A Crown?

It is a piece of custom-shaped, bio-compatible material that is made to fit over a damaged tooth. It can be made with metal, porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. Metal caps typically go on the molars in the back of your mouth because they are less visible and are able to withstand more pressure from your bite and chewing motion. Porcelain is more common for teeth towards the front of your mouth because it seamlessly blends in with your natural teeth. Porcelain-fused-to-metal is the best of both worlds because they are more durable while also looking like the rest of your non-capped teeth.  

When It is A Viable Solution

As noted above, a dental crown is typically suggested by your dentist or dentist when a tooth suffers substantial damage. It is able to fix a wide array of issues like severely cracked teeth and significant decay. It is also able to hold a dental bridge in place due to its strengthening qualities. It can also protect a tooth from any procedure in which your tooth might be weakened — like root canal treatment. Overall it is a helpful tool for providing both restorative and cosmetic solutions to your smile.

What The Procedure Consists Of

When you come in to have a crown placed, your dentist or dentist will take detailed images of the damaged tooth using a variety of dental technologies. Next, they will make impressions of your teeth that will then go to a lab technician who will make your crown. The last step consists of your dentist carefully placing the cap on your tooth, and they will make sure it fits snugly and comfortably for your smile. Because of the advanced technologies used and the precise measurements they provide, each crown is unique to your smile and needs. 

How To Maintain It

Because caps are created to be as close to your natural teeth as possible, you just need to care for it like you would the rest of your smile This means brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing every night. Whenever you go back to visit your dentist or dentist, they will inspect it to make sure it is still fitting appropriately.

Contact Us To Learn More About Dental Crowns

If you have a damaged tooth, you should not hesitate to have it treated. To ask questions or to schedule an appointment, please call Balboa Dental Surgery in Newport Beach, CA, today at 949-630-0143. We look forward to hearing from you.