Learn about restorative services in Los Angeles, CA, including metal-free dental crowns
Restoring the smile after trauma, disease, or other problems should be addressed by a professional as soon as possible. Restorative dentistry encompasses many services that are available in Los Angeles, CA at the Center for Holistic Dentistry. Dr. Mamta Dalwani and her staff provide popular, metal-free solutions such as the placement of a dental crown.
Understanding the dental crown
Many patients have heard of dental crowns but are perhaps unfamiliar with their purpose. These restorations are commonly used in restorative dentistry as they can protect and strengthen a tooth. A variety of different materials are used to create dental crowns. Because our practice focuses on biocompatibility and metal-free solutions, we are pleased to offer crowns in the following materials:
Dental crowns made by these standards are appropriate for placement in the smile while remaining reliable and beautiful.
What purpose does a dental crown serve?
Dental crowns are “caps” for the teeth. These caps are bonded onto the natural tooth. Because they are created from durable and thick materials, they can protect the tooth and make it more durable to withstand biting and chewing forces. The crowns are made to match the existing teeth to ensure a beautiful smile.
Dental crowns cover natural teeth, but in some cases, a dental crown is used to fit over the abutment of a dental implant. Dental implants are placed in the bone of the jaw to replace a tooth root. By using a dental crown to place over the implant, the dentist can restore the smile following tooth loss. The crown acts as part of the tooth once did in both appearance and function. The dentist also fuses dental crowns to false teeth called pontics when creating a dental bridge for tooth replacement.
How are dental crowns placed?
First, patients in Los Angeles, CA interested in crowns are encouraged to schedule a visit with Dr. Mamta Dalwani. Dr. Dalwani can assess a patient and their current needs to determine if the dental crown is the most viable solution for them. Then, preparations begin. To prepare a tooth for the placement of a dental crown, a substantial amount of natural tooth enamel needs removing from all around the visible surfaces of the tooth. This preparation is not reversible. After the removal of natural enamel, patients undergo a series of impressions. These impressions create a mold that shapes around the remaining tooth. Dr. Mamta Dalwani places a temporary crown over the tooth to protect it and sends the molds to a dental laboratory for the fabrication of the dental crown. Within a week or two, patients will arrive at the dental office to have their temporary dental crown removed and their final restoration bonded in place.
How long does a dental crown last?
Patients who take great care in protecting their smile from damage and monitor the health of their teeth can expect to enjoy their dental crown for many years. It is vital that patients remember that the natural tooth underneath the dental crown is still susceptible to damage from tooth decay and periodontal disease. Because of this, it is essential to visit the dentist regularly, typically every six months, for an evaluation. If signs of decay or disease become present, early intervention can reduce the need for further treatment or restorations.
Who is a candidate for dental crowns?
Most patients who need to repair a tooth are considered good candidates for dental crowns. It is crucial for patients to book a consultation visit to discuss this and other restorative services available to decide for sure. In some cases, patients with minimal damage may benefit from a dental filling or even a more conservative solution such as dental inlays or onlays. These do not remove as much natural tooth and may be more desirable for some of our patients.
Schedule an appointment at the Center for Holistic Dentistry today!
Dr. Mamta Dalwani and her professionals in Los Angeles, CA are pleased to offer dental crowns as one of many restorative services available in their practice. Call (310) 340-0153 to schedule your visit to learn more. The practice is conveniently located at 12381 Wilshire Boulevard, Ste. 103.