Azusa area patients ask, what are Dental Crowns?
When breakage, discoloration, or root canal therapy has affected the teeth, dental crowns may be used to strengthen and protect them.
What are dental crowns? Azusa area dentist Dr. Brianne Luu of Gentle Care Dentistry describes dental crowns as ceramic restorations that cover the entire tooth. They are also known as dental “caps” because they are placed over the top of a tooth to provide coverage and protection like no other restoration can. Dental crowns are common in both general and cosmetic dentistry because of their versatility. They are used in many different situations.
Dental crowns may be placed over teeth that are broken and have chips or cracks in them. This causes them to become weaker; therefore restoring them with a dental crown is desirable because it gives them another layer of protection.
If the porcelain crown breaks, the tooth remains intact and another crown can be made.
Dental crowns are also used to restore dental implants. Dental implants are placed as a way of dealing with missing teeth within the smile, and after an abutment has been installed, patients can use a dental crown to create a false tooth.
Another reason patients may require dental crowns is to cover staining or discoloration on anterior teeth. The teeth near the front of the smile may benefit from porcelain veneers in this case, while teeth farther back are subjected to stronger biting forces, which can easily break thin veneers. Crowns are much more durable in these situations and are often suggested by Dr. Luu as a way of addressing these issues when teeth whitening does not provide sufficient results.
Dr. Brianne Luu of Gentle Care Dentistry is excited to offer dental crowns along with many other restorative cosmetic treatments to improve many different dental situations. Contact her practice today to schedule a consultation visit and examination to learn more about dental crowns and their place in dentistry. Her team can determine if dental crowns are the most appropriate way of addressing your cosmetic and oral health concerns.