Dentist in Azusa area describes Dental Crowns
Unlike fillings, which are meant to address smaller areas of tooth decay, dental crowns are used to encase the entire tooth. Dental crowns are placed to act as the new outer surface of the tooth and may be placed when patients experience large areas of decay, broken teeth, or teeth that have undergone procedures such as root canal therapy.
This may weaken the tooth and require it to have a protective shell to strengthen it. In these cases, patients may be appropriate candidates for the placement of dental crowns in Azusa.
Dr. Luu of the Gentle Care Dentistry of San Gabriel Valley can provide patients with quality dental crowns as a restorative service. Crowns are made to look natural and are fabricated from porcelain to maintain the appearance of the smile. Porcelain is a material that is both strong and beautiful. It closely resembles the natural appearance of tooth enamel, which is why it is commonly used for tooth restorations.
Porcelain crowns are made from impressions of the natural teeth, which are taken after the tooth has been prepared. Preparations may require that a thin portion of the natural enamel be removed. This ensures a tight fit. Once the impressions are made, they are sent to a dental laboratory, which uses them to fabricate the dental crown. The permanent crown may take a week or two to make before it is returned back to the dentist. Patients then return back to see Dr. Luu for the final placement of the crown over the natural tooth.
Crowns can also be fabricated for placement over dental implants. Dental implants may be placed by an oral surgeon as a way to restore a smile after tooth loss. The crown is placed over the top to act as a false tooth and allow patients the ability to eat and speak properly again. Crowns are also made to bond to false teeth to fabricate dental bridges, another common tooth restoration available at Gentle Care Dentistry of San Gabriel Valley.