Protecting natural teeth with dental crowns
Dental restorations are used to help patients restore and repair their smiles when problems arise. Specific issues such as cavities can cause holes in teeth that leave the inner canals at significant risk of infection. Additionally, cracks and chips can leave inner dental pulp exposed–and painful. To address these concerns, Dr. Brian Gradinger of Valencia, California, can assist by placing a dental crown or “tooth cap.”
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a ceramic dental restoration fabricated to cover a tooth to protect it from additional damage while strengthening it for proper function. This porcelain restoration is custom-made for the patient based on their existing teeth, matching color, shape, and size. Because porcelain is a material that closely resembles the natural tooth enamel, it is the obvious choice for crowns and other dental restorations used at the practice of Dr. Brian Gradinger.
Why might I need a dental crown?
There are several reasons why our patients might benefit from the placement of a dental crown. Below are just a few of the more common situations where dental crowns may be recommended:
- Cavities/decayed teeth
- Teeth with large fillings that compromise the tooth structure
- Cosmetic enhancement to cover imperfections such as permanent staining
- Broken/cracked/fractured teeth
- Teeth that have recently had root canal therapy performed (which can weaken natural enamel and cause teeth to become brittle)
What does getting a crown involve?
Patients often ask Dr. Brian Gradinger about what they can expect from obtaining dental crowns. Dental crowns require two appointments. During the first, the tooth is prepared with the removal of the natural tooth enamel around the tooth’s core. Then, impressions are used to create a mold that a dental ceramist will use to make the final restoration. Patients will have a temporary crown placed when they leave the office on the first visit, which will be removed when they return to have their final dental crown bonded over the prepared tooth.
A consultation visit is the first step to tooth repair!
Dental crowns are a great way to address damage to the natural tooth structure. If you live in Valencia, CA, and want to speak to a professional about the benefits of a tooth cap, call Dr. Brian Gradinger and his team today! The office is located at 23838 Valencia Boulevard, Suite #301, and can be reached at (661) 450-6650.