Much like a crown that sits on top of a king’s head, dental crowns are tooth shaped caps that are placed over the remnants of an existing tooth. This gives the impression that the tooth has been restored to its original shape and size, while also restoring its strength and appearance.
Crowns are a restoration mainstay and are used in a number of situations including chipped or severely worn teeth, teeth with very large fillings or teeth that have had a root canal, and severely discolored teeth as well as those that are anchor both sides of a dental bridge.
As part of the process, a crown needs to be custom constructed in a lab. So, Dr. McLeod uses a stainless-steel crown as a temporary replacement until the permanent crown can be put into a patient’s mouth.
You Have Many Choices When It Comes to Dental Crowns
There are different types of dental crowns. They can be made out of gold alloy, stainless steel, porcelain, or composite resin. Of these, gold dental crowns are the most durable while porcelain crowns are the most aesthetically pleasing because they look like a natural tooth after they have been placed. However, porcelain crowns are prone to chipping or breaking off. Sometimes, they are used in cases where a person has an allergy to metals.
In a few isolated cases, some complications may occur, but overall, dental crowns are considered one of the most safe and viable dental procedures when it comes to saving teeth with advanced stages of decay or damage.
Patients who follow good dental hygiene can expect a crown to last up to 15 years or more, giving long-lasting relief that will withstand wear and tear for many years.
Dr. Neil S. McLeod is located at 9201 Sunset Blvd. and serves patients in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, West Los Angeles, Studio City and other nearby communities.