Even slight damage to a tooth can increase the risk that it will fracture in the future. Fortunately, the problem can be avoided simply by adding a dental crown. Our Sherman Oaks, CA, dentists Dr. Michael Amir and Dr. Larry Hamer of SC Dental Group explain how crowns protect and strengthen your teeth.
What are crowns?
A crown is a porcelain, ceramic, or resin restoration that resembles a rootless tooth. Thanks to their hollow design, crowns easily fit over teeth, adding much-needed stability. Before you receive a crown, your tooth must be reduced in size slightly to ensure that your restoration will fit correctly and comfortably. Once your tooth has been reduced, we'll make an impression of your tooth, which will be used to create your crown in a dental laboratory.
You'll leave our Sherman Oaks office with a temporary crown and visit us again in about two weeks when your permanent crown is ready. Permanent crowns are attached with dental cement after we make a few adjustments to the fit if needed.
How do crowns protect teeth?
Fragile teeth are more likely to crack or break at the most inopportune moments. If the fracture is severe or extends into the root, your tooth may be so damaged that it's not possible to save it. Fortunately, adding a crown protects fragile and damaged teeth. Every time, you take a bite, chewing forces are absorbed by the crown, not your tooth. We may recommend crowns if a tooth is brittle or cracked, or your tooth has been weakened by a dental treatment, such as a large filling or root canal therapy.
Crowns also improve the function and appearance of teeth that have fractured. Broken teeth aren't very attractive, can cut your mouth and make chewing a challenge. Crowns restore the normal width and height of your tooth and help you feel more confident about your smile.
Crowns are also used to alter the appearance of unattractive teeth. Whether a tooth is twisted, crooked, pointed, bumpy or too short, adding a crown dramatically improves your smile.
Can dental crowns help your smile? Call our Sherman Oaks, CA, dentists, Dr. Amir and Dr. Hamer of SC Dental Group, at (818) 905-5400 to schedule your appointment.