Dental crowns are a versatile restoration that fits over the visible part of the tooth, or the crown of the tooth. Although several materials can be used to make crowns, the most natural-looking crowns are crafted with dental porcelain. Porcelain can be made in colors to match dental enamel and sculpted to replicate the folds and contours of the teeth. Dr. Mondavi, our Torrance porcelain crowns expert, can help you decide if a porcelain crown is right for you.
A crown is typically placed in one to two dental visits. The tooth must first be prepared for the crown. This is done using a local anesthetic. Dr. Mondavi, our expert in porcelain crowns in Torrance, will numb the tooth and surrounding tissues before carefully removing any damaged tissue, and reshaping the tooth by removing some of the enamel. This ensures your bite will be comfortable after the crown is placed. Next, we take dental impressions to create a model of the tooth, which will be used to design the crown. The crown can be designed to simply replicate your natural tooth or to completely transform the tooth for a new look even better than the original. Once the crown has been milled, it can be bonded to the prepared tooth.
Porcelain Crowns Torrance
Dr. Mondavi, our Torrance porcelain crowns expert, can use crowns in many ways to improve the health or function of your smile, including to:
• Cover and protect severely worn teeth
• Hold together the halves of a broken tooth
• Conceal a misshapen or badly stained tooth
• Replace a lost tooth
• Restore the function and health of a badly decayed or damaged tooth
Crowns can be used alone when used with natural teeth, or they can be used in conjunction with dental implants or bridges to replace missing teeth.
The porcelain of a dental crown is strong and durable, and it will not decay. However, you do need to take care of it to maximize its lifespan. Dr. Mondavi, our expert in porcelain crowns in Torrance, will show you how to brush and floss around your crown to keep it clean and the tooth underneath it healthy.
Call us today to learn more or to schedule your consultation with Dr. Mondavi, our cosmetic dentist.