One of the most useful and versatile methods by which our dentist, Dr. Elizabeth Kim, can improve or repair your smile is through the use of dental crowns. They are also referred to as caps. Crowns can be made of gold, porcelain or even porcelain that has been fused to metal. Crowns using porcelain have become very popular over the years since their color allows them to blend in with the rest of your smile.
To place a crown, our dentist will remove the enamel from your tooth, exposing the dentin. The tooth will then be covered down to the gumline with your new crown. Crowns can be used to protect a tooth after a root canal treatment, although a root canal is not always required if your tooth needs a crown. They can also protect a tooth with a very large filling and that may not have a great deal of original tooth material left. If your tooth has been weakened by damage or decay, it can be covered with a crown to restore its strength and function. Crowns have also been used to cover misshapen or discolored teeth and to cover dental implants. If you opt for a dental bridge to replace one or more missing teeth, our dentist will use crowns to secure it in place.
If you have a tooth that could use some improvement, our team would be happy to speak with you. To learn more about dental crowns in Lake Forest, California, or to make an appointment at Lake Forest Dental, call 949.446.0700 today to get started on your new smile.