Dental Crowns in Torrance, CA
No one ever plans to deal with a cracked or chipped tooth, but when the problem arises it’s certainly comforting to know that you have a dentist you can turn to for restorative treatment. Most damaged teeth can benefit from a dental crown, a tooth-shaped restoration that Dr. Vasi Bazos and Dr. Barbara Grace here at Bazos Dental in Torrance, CA, place over the tooth to make it stronger while also protecting what’s left of the natural tooth’s structure. Dental crowns can provide a variety of benefits.
A Quick Overview about Dental Crowns
While crowns in the past were made from a variety of materials, today they are mostly made from porcelain. Why? Because we believe that your restorations should look just like real teeth, don’t you? We know that restorations that are as durable as they are esthetically pleasing are important to our patients. We want to give our patients crowns that look just like their real teeth.
Reasons for a Dental Crown
Crowns are one of the most commonly placed restorations. That’s because they are often the first restoration used when a tooth becomes damaged. This is because the restoration covers and encapsulates the natural tooth structure to ensure that it stays protected so it can’t become damaged.
Reasons for a dental crown include:
- To restore strength and functionality into a damaged or severely worn tooth
- To improve overall chewing strength
- Preserve and protect a weakened tooth such as a cracked tooth
- To improve the appearance of a tooth that is misshapen, malformed, or discolored
- To cover a tooth after root canal treatment
- To support a dental bridge
- To cover a dental implant
- To replace a large filling
The Steps to Getting a Crown
A crown, just like all restorations you get here at Bazos Dental, is customized to your smile. After all, everyone’s teeth are different shapes and sizes, and we have to create restorations that accommodate these unique differences. To prepare for your crown we will first need to examine the tooth. If there is an infection present, we will need to treat the infection first.
From there, we will shave down parts of the tooth to make room for the crown. We will then take impressions of your mouth. Since it can take a couple of weeks for a dental lab to craft your crown, we will place a temporary crown over the tooth to protect it.
Once your permanent crown is ready, you’ll come back into our office, where we will remove the temporary crown, check the look and fit of the permanent crown, and then cement it into place.