If you damage a tooth or develop a cavity, dental crowns can prevent further damage and make daily activities like biting and chewing easy and pain-free. Expert dentist Brian Lee, DMD, at Del Amo Dental Group in Torrance, California, uses all-porcelain dental crowns to preserve smiles. To see if you’re a good candidate for a crown, schedule an appointment. Call the office or book an appointment online today.
Crowns are oral prosthetics used to cover damaged or decaying molars and premolars. They’re tooth-shaped caps that envelope the entire portion of your tooth enamel above your gum line.
Aside from preventing further damage, crowns restore your tooth to its near-original size, strength, and condition. This makes it easier to chew and bite. It also lowers your risk of needing a root canal or extraction in the future.
At Del Amo Dental Group, Dr. Lee uses dental crowns to correct a variety of common problems, including:
Dr. Lee also uses dental crowns to attach to dental implants and to make minor cosmetic modifications.
A dental bridge is an oral prosthetic used to close a space in your smile caused by a missing tooth. A bridge contains a false tooth (pontic) and two crowns. Dr. Lee bonds the crowns to the two healthy teeth on either side of the space, holding your bridge in place.
In addition to restoring your smile, bridges prevent gum recession and bone loss caused by a missing permanent tooth.
Getting a dental crown usually takes a series of appointments. First, Dr. Lee conducts an oral exam and asks you about your goals for treatment. Next, he takes digital X-rays to get a closer look at your tooth roots and jawbone.
After gathering this information, Dr. Lee administers a local anesthetic and takes impressions of your affected tooth. Then, he prepares your tooth to receive a crown, shaving a thin layer of enamel from the top and sides. Following your first appointment, Dr. Lee sends your impressions to a laboratory that makes your all-porcelain crown.
A week or two later, you return to Del Amo Dental Group. During your second appointment, Dr. Lee lines up your new crown over your affected tooth. Then, he bonds it in place.
You care for your crown or bridge like you would your permanent teeth. Dr. Lee recommends brushing and flossing every day and visiting Del Amo Dental Group every six months for a professional cleaning and exam.
You should also avoid bad habits like chewing on ice cubes or biting your fingernails. With proper care, crowns and bridges can last 10-15 years.
To see if you’re a candidate for dental crowns or bridges, schedule an appointment at Del Amo Dental Group. Call the office to speak with a friendly team member or book online today.