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A dental crown is meant for dental restoration and is made of material that looks similar to your natural teeth. We prefer to use a porcelain crown, which is the best match for color and transparency. The crown completely covers the natural tooth and will look like a natural part of your smile. Crowns can be made of a number of substances, but are often comprised of a porcelain-like material. Oftentimes when a tooth, or teeth, has been repaired with multiple fillings, or even one big one, parts of the tooth need to be drilled out and may need to be treated with a root canal. When this happens the tooth needs to be restored for health as well as aesthetic purposes.
This is a crown that is used. The tooth, or teeth, you will be receiving the crown on will be minimized to accommodate it. The crowns are then molded from the dental impressions that we will take of your mouth. This ensures that the crown will fit perfectly, will not feel uncomfortable, and will last for many years. After the crown is complete and ready to be applied, it will be fit over your tooth and sealed with high tech dental material. A few other reasons crowns are used might be for fitting bridges, other dental implants, or partial dentures. Some people even choose to get crowns due to discoloration of their teeth or other aesthetic reasons.
Crowns are usually chosen over veneers when the area of the tooth needing to be covered is large, since veneers are generally used when smaller portions of the teeth need to be improved.
With proper care, a crown can last a very long time. Some patients are able to keep the same crown for the duration of their life. It is not guaranteed that your crown will last forever but a high quality crown will last many years. Proper brushing, flossing, and the quality of the dental work provided by your dentist will all play factors in the care and longevity of your crowns.
Bridges are also referred to as fixed partial dentures. They are able to be bonded to other teeth or implants to fill sections of absent teeth in the mouth. There are different types of bridges, some of which are meant to be kept in the mouth at all times and are only removable by a dentist, others which can be taken out by the person wearing them. They generally are made of gold, porcelain, or porcelain joined with other materials.
Since bridges are meant to replace sections of teeth, it is imperative that they look and fit correctly. This is why finding the best dentist Los Angeles has to offer will benefit you and your smile!