A sudden ache in your tooth when you chew may set your mind to wondering if you might have a cavity. True, an advanced cavity is often painful. Untreated tooth decay is an infection which spreads around, eventually creating a dental abscess. Abscessed teeth require fast treatment, and sometimes even extraction. Dental crowns are commonly recommended by the Woodcrest, CA dentists at Riverside Dental Group when decay reaches this level. When you want a restoration to a damaged tooth that no one will notice, porcelain dental crowns are the ticket.
Dental crowns are also sometimes known as caps. Their job is to help restore a damaged tooth to full function and cosmetic beauty. Tooth decay is one common reason that a tooth might break or deeply rot away. Infected teeth are also more likely to succumb to random and sudden dental injuries due to their weakened state. Of course, even a perfectly strong tooth can become injured. Any time your tooth is significantly fractured or broken, your dental pulp (which regulates blood and nutrient flow to and from your teeth) is exposed to bacteria.
The Dental Crown Process
Once we have determined that a dental crown is the best restorative option for you, measurements and impressions of your tooth are sent to an experienced ceramist. They will fabricate porcelain crowns made to fit your tooth perfectly and securely. This offers the strong foundation you had before your tooth was damaged. Porcelain is an ideal material for crowns that will be placed on your most visible front teeth. The translucence of the material reflects light in a very similar way to tooth enamel. Porcelain is sometimes pressed or layered for added strength. Crowns are also color-matched to fit in flawlessly with the rest of your smile.
Visit your Woodcrest, CA Dentists
If you have any general dentistry needs or questions, your Woodcrest, CA dentists would be happy to see you for a consultation. We are happy to offer comprehensive dentistry to the whole family. If you are due for a dental checkup or cleaning, or you have any sort of preventive, cosmetic, or restorative concerns, contact our 92506 dentist office at (951) 369-1001.