With all the information available today about options for cosmetic and general dental treatments, it is understandable that there might be confusion about which treatment best suits your situation – dental implants, crowns, bridges, or dentures. Today I’d like to speak to you specifically about crowns, their uses and benefits.

What is a dental crown used for?

Dental crowns, or caps, are one of dentistry’s most versatile types of restorations used by Dentist Manhattan Beach, California. When cemented into place, dental crowns are a dental restoration that fully cups over the portion of your natural tooth that lies at and above the gum line. Since dental crowns cover the visible part of your own tooth, a dental crown  becomes the tooth’s new outer surface. There are several types of crowns available but porcelain is the most popular.  Crowns made of porcelain are highly durable and will last many years. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your natural teeth.

Why do I need a dental crown?

A crown may be used to strengthen broken or fractured teeth, cover large discolored fillings or for cosmetic enhancement. In addition, all teeth that have root canal treatment should have a crown (cap) placed.  This protects the tooth, prevents it from breaking, and restores it to its full function.

What does getting a crown involve?

Placing a dental crown usually involves two appointments.  Your first appointment at the Dentist Manhattan Beach, California dental office includes impressions of your teeth that will be used to create a temporary crown as well as your permanent custom crown.  We prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Your temporary crown is then placed.

At your second appointment your dentist will remove the temporary crown, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure that spacing and bite are accurate. You will receive instructions for care and cleaning before you are sent home with a beautiful, enhanced smile.

Dr. Erick Gutierrez

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