Using Crowns for Restoring Damaged Teeth
If you have a badly damaged tooth, Dr. Mondavi may recommend a dental crown. Dental crowns are a type of restoration typically made of porcelain used to cap or crown a tooth that is compromised by severe decay or damage. They can also be used to restore teeth that have had root canal treatment. Decay, damage, and some dental treatments can weaken the structure of a tooth, and while it may be able to continue to function, it does need to be protected and strengthened by a crown.
Crowns can be made with different materials, but the most popular options are porcelain and ceramic. Ceramic and porcelain look quite like the natural surface of your tooth, and even have the same reflective properties of dental enamel. They are also strong enough to handle virtually the same bite forces that teeth do.
Candidates for crowns will usually need two dental appointments. The procedure is performed using local anesthesia, and when the tooth is ready, an impression is taken so that a perfectly fitting crown can be designed. After a dental lab sends the finished restoration, it will be fitted over your tooth and secured into place using dental cement.
Taking care of crowns is simple. Once bonded to your tooth, it needs to be brushed along with your natural teeth. Use antibacterial mouthwash after brushing, and floss carefully around the crown. Call our office today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Mondavi or to learn more about dental crowns.
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