If you have a throbbing tooth, have recently had a root canal, or have a tooth that’s been broken or has received trauma, you may soon be hearing the words “dental crown restoration.” A dental crown is used to restore a tooth by fitting the top of the natural tooth with a porcelain cover. The crown is permanently bonded into place.
Dental crowns are used to restore teeth that have been damaged to the point where the original tooth has lost some of its strength and form. Your dentist may recommend a dental crown when the natural tooth structure is damaged, either following trauma to the tooth or decay. The crown is used to give support to the remaining tooth structure.
Dr. Mungcal of Downtown Dental offers patients from the Downtown Los Angeles area an advantage to the dental crown process. Typically, a crown requires that patients visit the office twice over the course of several weeks. First, you would usually need to have impressions taken and then the crown would be created offsite at a laboratory. However, Dr. Mungcal, using CEREC (ceramic reconstruction) technology, can now create your dental crown right in the office. This eliminates waiting, and because it’s done using digital technology, you won’t have a mouthful of putty to create the impression. Dr. Mungcal can give patients the exact shade of dental crown that they need in minutes instead of weeks.
In addition to dental crowns, dental bridges are used when the tooth is lost or if it needs to be extracted. Patients need to find a replacement tooth procedure because, left untreated, the gap in the smile can cause teeth to shift or allow facial structures to droop. Dental bridges use the surrounding teeth to give support to a false tooth, or pontic. First the surrounding teeth are filed slightly to allow room for a crown to be placed. The replacement tooth is fused to the two crowns and attached to the adjacent teeth.
Dr. Mungcal knows that each patient has a unique dental history and therefore each patient will receive a customized treatment plan. Dr. Mungcal will talk to you about your history, perform a thorough examination, and then recommend the method of treatment that is right for you. If you are looking for a dentist you can trust, who will provide you with care and respect, call Downtown Dental today to schedule an appointment.