What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are a great way to replace the top portion of any tooth that has suffered damage from decay or other complications. Crowns are usually performed as a follow-up procedure, such as after a root canal, to fully restore a tooth to its normal shape and size.
Various Uses of Dental Crowns
Crowns can be used in many scenarios and are generally considered an important procedure for many as they help to restore the aesthetics of a tooth.
Crowns may be necessary to:
- Cover and support a dental filling that does not have enough of the natural tooth left.
- Protect a weak tooth from breaking, chipping, or any other physical damage.
- Attach a dental bridge.
- Restore a broken tooth.
- Cover a dental implant.
- Cover a root canal as most of the natural tooth is lost to this procedure.
Dr. Ganji restores his patient’s crown with a material known as porcelain because it offers an aesthetic appearance that goes unnoticed as well as durability. A porcelain crown resembles the natural color of teeth.
Typically, a porcelain crown will require more than one visit because the first visit requires an impression of the tooth to be made. After the impression has been carefully crafted into a fitting crown, Dr. Ganji will apply it to the top part of your tooth. He will also make sure you leave his office with a comfortable bite.
Crowns offer a great solution to fixing teeth, but dental veneers may be a better choice is certain circumstances. Also made from porcelain, a dental veneer is a thin, custom-made, tooth-colored shell that is designed to cover the front surface of your teeth.
Dental veneers can correct a variety of imperfections such as:
- Slightly broken or chipped teeth
- Discolored teeth that do not respond to teeth whitening procedures
- Misaligned teeth that contain craters or bulges
- Filling a gap between teeth
- Teeth that are worn down
- Crooked teeth
Porcelain veneers are attached by removing a small amount of enamel from the tooth and then permanently bonding the veneer to the tooth.
For more information on either porcelain crowns or porcelain veneers, then contact our office @ 310-643-8045, or conveniently fill out our online form.