The Truth about Crowns
Dental crowns play an integral role in both general and cosmetic dentistry. The team in our Simi Valley General Dentistry office assists patients in enhancing their smiles, as well as protecting and restoring teeth that have been damaged. We often use dental crowns to achieve the desired goal because this method of care has a proven record of success.
A dental crown is a full-coverage type of restoration. The "cap" fits over a tooth all the way to the gum line. Crowns have been widely used for restorative purposes, and have historically been fabricated from metals such as gold or metal alloy. Gold crowns are still the gold standard of care because this material lasts the longest. However, for cost and aesthetic reasons, many patients choose modern alternatives such as porcelain-fused-to-metal or all-ceramic crowns to meet their needs.
Common uses of Dental Crowns in our Simi Valley Office
There are several reasons why we may recommend a dental crown.
When a tooth has sustained physical damage, it becomes susceptible to more destruction of its natural structure. Fitting a crown over the compromised tooth is often the best way to preserve its structure for the long-term. With a custom-fit crown in place, the damaged tooth gains strength to support normal function. Protection may be warranted if a cavity has grown quite large, or if a tooth requires root canal therapy.
A tooth that is chipped or cracked is not only structurally unsound, but it is also cosmetic impaired. Another reason that a crown may be recommended as a cosmetic fix is when discoloration is severe and cannot be corrected with professional whitening. In many cases, small cosmetic concerns like cracks, gaps, and stains can be disguised behind porcelain veneers. A thorough evaluation is conducted in order to determine the most appropriate method for each patient.
Crowns are so versatile that they are used in every aspect of dentistry, from protecting teeth to enhancing them to replacing them. Many of the patients who visit our Simi Valley office for tooth replacement express an interest in dental implants. This method of restorative care involves replacing missing roots with titanium posts, and then affixing lifelike crowns to each.
Every dental situation is unique. We provide personal dental care that seeks to achieve your desired outcome. To learn more about dental crowns and our other services, call (805) 522-0880.
Location: 3695 Alamo Street, #300 Simi Valley CA 93063
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