Your teeth are covered by outer layers of enamel which protect the underlying structure. Unfortunately, this enamel cannot regrow itself when heavily damaged. A lifetime of wear and tear, physical trauma, and decay may require a restorative solution to keep your smile strong. At our Riverside, CA dental practice, we can provide permanent support to your damaged teeth through the placement of a custom dental crown and other services that simulate the appearance of your natural material.
Permanent Protection For Your Vulnerable Teeth
The impact of cavities and physical injury can seriously harm the state of your smile and even limit the function of your bite. Modern at-home brushing and flossing techniques, as well as healthy diet choices, allow us to minimize some damage on our own. When our efforts alone are insufficient, we rely on our dentist to provide restorative solutions to oral impairments. After review, the dentist will remove any damaged or infected issues and install either a partial or full dental crown depending on the severity of the problem. Once placed, you can regain confidence in your appearance while improving your ability to bite and chew.
The Choice Between Full And Partial Dental Crowns
A full dental crown completely surrounds the underlying tooth above your gumline. Crafted from a variety of materials, this allows your damaged tooth to stay in your mouth while avoiding creating problems with its neighbors. A full crown is particularly useful at preventing future bacterial re-infection after a root canal procedure is performed. Your full crown will also help prevent future breakage after the underlying structure has become too weak to stay in place on its own.
Your dentist may also suggest the placement of a partial dental crown to cover more area than that of a normal dental filling. Known as inlays and onlays, partial crowns preserve the structural stability of your natural tooth without covering it entirely. Your dentist will suggest the most conservative approach to restore your smile, and a partial crown allows the presentation of more natural material. An inlay is placed between your cusps, while an onlay will cover a cusp and surrounding structure as needed.