Everything You Need To Know About Dental Crowns

Everything You Need To Know About Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a restoration that covers the entire visible portion of the tooth. It acts as both a cosmetic and protective tool, restoring both the appearance and the function of the tooth.

A dental crown can be made from a variety of materials, including metal, porcelain, and resin. Metal crowns are generally preferred for molars, while porcelain or resin crowns are preferable for front teeth.

Types of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are a common dental restoration that fully encases a damaged tooth. There are different types of dental crowns, including:

  • Metal dental crowns are made entirely of metal.
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns feature a metal interior and porcelain exterior.
  • All-ceramic dental crowns feature no metal and instead are made of ceramic.

How Is a Dental Crown Placed?

In your first appointment, Dr. Park will reshape the tooth by removing portions of enamel and dentin. Once it is ready, we will place your crown, take an impression, and send both your impression and the shaped crown to our dental laboratory. The dental lab will use your impression to create a permanent crown. The crown will be carefully sculpted so that it matches the size, shape, and color of your teeth. Meanwhile, your temporary crown will protect your tooth.

Once your customized crown is ready, we will carefully place it over the entire tooth.

How Can You Care For Your Dental Crowns?

After you receive your new dental crown, it’s important to drink plenty of water. This will help to keep your mouth hydrated and your gums healthy. You should also avoid chewing on things besides your natural teeth, such as pens, pencils, and fingernails.

It’s also important that you continue brushing and flossing your teeth every day, just as you did before. This will help to keep your teeth healthy, which helps to prevent decay and gum disease.

How Long Can Your Dental Crown Last?

Dental crowns are very durable, so you’ll likely get decades of use out of them. However, dental crowns do have a lifespan. The lifespan of your dental crown depends on a number of factors, including how well you care for it. The lifespan of dental bridges is similar to that of dental crowns.

 

To find out more about the dental services we offer at DTLA Smile, Los Angeles, CA, call (213) 688-2828 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit Dentist Los Angeles, CA at 104 West 7th St, #2 Los Angeles, CA, 90014.

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