For the ultimate in versatility to restore a deeply damaged tooth
Our dentists at Liberty Dental Group in Brentwood, California, Drs Mike and Emily Molosky, can apply their extensive skill and understanding of advanced dental techniques and technologies to rebuild portions of a damaged tooth or to rebuild an entire tooth from the “root upwards.”
Dental crowns are designed to replace the tooth portion that is visible above the gum line. Several different conditions can mar the natural crown. Advanced tooth decay can lead to the need to remove damaged tissues and replace the natural structure with dental materials such as ceramic-like porcelain. Untreated fractures may require more extensive “coverage” with a crown fashioned from porcelain and placed on top of the reduced and “prepared” natural tooth. Advanced gum disease can also erode the soft tissues that support the teeth and the bone that holds each tooth in place.
Crowns may also be appropriate for patients with very irregularly shaped teeth or whose stained or discolored teeth have not responded well to professional whitening treatments. Teeth may also be weakened due to some of the processes mentioned here. So, a dental crown can strengthen the tooth, allowing us to preserve the natural tissues that are unparalleled in their appearance, strength, and function. It’s such a versatile treatment that Drs Mike or Emily may find a worn or large filling that should be replaced with a crown. In this situation, the crown better supports the natural tooth. Big fillings are vulnerable to fractures. Additionally, worn or old fillings are a breeding ground for the bacteria that promote tooth decay and infections.
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As you can see, the approach that we take to crowns and other dental restorations is specific to your needs and depends on what we find during an examination of your mouth. Some teeth can only be preserved with root canal therapy, followed by a restoration to protect the treated tooth from future damage. Still, other teeth are not candidates for root canal therapy or other surgical endodontic treatments designed to resolve deep infections. In those cases, a tooth can be replaced by using dental crowns. Two crowns may be placed on teeth that neighbor a replacement tooth in a dental bridge. The crowns add strength to the neighboring teeth. So, they can best hold up the bridgework. Crowns also provide the “finishing touch” for dental implant treatment. The crown is connected to and placed on top of the implant. Implants placed and secured in the jawbone function like a tooth root to stabilize the replacement teeth, be it a crown, bridge, or denture.
Few dental treatments are as versatile as the dental crown. We encourage you to contact Liberty Dental Group today to see how crowns or a range of other services can reveal your healthiest, most brilliant smile. Residents in and around Oakley, Antioch, Bridgehead, Sandhill, Discovery Bay, and Bethel Island, please call (925) 409-3501 to book your appointment at our practice in Brentwood.