Dental Crowns in Los Angeles
High-quality metal-free porcelain crowns from River Dentistry can help restore function and appearance of a damaged or missing teeth as well as protect them or the gum area from further damage. if your dentist recommends a crown, it is probably to correct one of these conditions. Your dentist’s primary concern, like yours, is helping you keep your teeth healthy and your smile more beautiful. Dentist use different materials for crowns. Each material has its own merits and demerits. Dentists as well as patients prefer different materials depending on their specific choices and needs.
Protect Your Damaged Teeth with Porcelain Dental Crowns
Dental crowns may help if you have a broken or fractured tooth, have a cavity that is just too big for a filling, or if you had a root canal. Often, porcelain dental crowns may also be used as part of a smile make-over to give teeth a more beautiful uniform appearance or to replace an old worn-out or low quality crown.
Dr. Charles Huang will carefully evaluate your dental health and history to determine if dental crowns are your best solution. If so, we will anesthetize the area to make sure that the procedure is virtually painless.
Then teeth will be shaped to hold the dental crowns securely. We will take molds of your teeth and send them to a lab, so that the lab could fabricate your high-quality porcelain dental crowns to our exact specifications. In the meantime, we will install temporary crowns so that the teeth are protected and look and feel natural. During the next appointment, we will remove the temporary crowns and cement the permanent porcelain dental crowns into place.
Comparing Dental Crowns Options
Dental crowns can be made of gold, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or all-porcelain. Gold and porcelain-fused crowns are durable and strong enough to protect back teeth. All-porcelain crowns can be used for aesthetic front teeth restorations. Our recommendation is always metal-free porcelain crowns. Our office recommends and uses high-quality BruxZir solid zirconia crowns known for their quality and durability.
Porcelain Dental Crowns
Porcelain crown technology has improved greatly over the years. Now porcelain crowns can withstand the grinding pressure exerted by the teeth. Earlier, the porcelain crowns used to fail quickly, but now the superior grade porcelain materials are showing much better resilience. There are patients who have been using porcelain dental crowns for a number of years without trouble. Porcelain is aesthetically more superior for the teeth, which makes it an ideal choice for cosmetic dentistry.
By the end of the day, it is still a matter of personal taste and choice between gold and porcelain dental crowns. Gold is a natural element and no synthetic material has been able to replicate its natural qualities. Porcelain, on the other hand, has excellent cosmetic advantages, so for the front teeth, porcelain dental crowns are usually preferred over gold dental crowns by most patients.
Porcelain Fused to Metal Dental Crowns
The cosmetic limitation of gold has prompted dentists to experiment with other materials that may deliver the same functionality along with better aesthetics. A few decades ago, dentists began using porcelain fused to metal crowns. The metal served the purpose of providing the necessary base strength to the crowns and porcelain on top of it is used to hide the metal. Porcelain matches nicely with the natural teeth, so from a cosmetic perspective it appeared to be a good solution.
However, over time the metal beneath the porcelain would leak or become dark. It gave an unsightly look that defeated the whole purpose of a natural-looking dental crown.
Gold Dental Crowns
Among the various materials, gold crowns have proven to be most effective in terms of functionality, resilience and a long life. Gold is the most bio-compatible material, so the dentists have traditionally preferred it to make crowns. Secondly, the malleability of gold is so good that it can easily take the exact shape of the tooth. Its reaction to hot and cold materials also matches closely with that of a natural tooth.
However, the downside of gold crowns is that they compromises the oral aesthetics because of their conspicuous color. Therefore, dentists generally prefer to use gold only for the back teeth that are not easily visible from the outside. But for the front teeth, gold is almost never considered for a crown.