Dental crowns are a common treatment that has many versatile uses to improve your smile and dental function. Also known as caps, crowns are typically made of porcelain or porcelain fused to metal, though they are sometimes made of gold or other metals.
Crowns are placed by removing the outer layer of enamel from a tooth until the dentin is exposed. The crown will then be bonded snugly over the top of the natural tooth structure, reaching down to the gumline so it is completely covered. Crowns are often placed after root canal treatments to cover the tooth and keep it safe from further damage or decay. In general, crowns are a great option when a tooth has considerable damage but the general structure of the tooth is still intact. This fortifies the tooth, protects the weakened parts of it from damage and restores function without a need to extract the damaged tooth.
In other cases, crowns can be used as a cosmetic solution or as the visible part of a dental implant. If you are missing one or more teeth in a row, you might also opt for a dental bridge as a restorative treatment.
If you think you might need a dental crown in Irvine, California, please give QH Dental a call today at 949-877-3993 to learn more about your options and set an appointment with our dentist.