Dental crowns are essentially a cap that is used to cover a damaged or decayed tooth. They are secured using a special bonding adhesive. The crown covers the entire visible section of a tooth. They are often used when the tooth has already suffered some damage. Crowns can improve the look of teeth which have been chipped, cracked, or stained. They also strengthen the tooth. Crowns are usually made from porcelain or ceramic and can be color-matched to look like natural teeth. They are also be used to top dental implants to be one solid piece instead of covering.
Crowns and Veneers
Patients can visit the Encino Dental Studio for the best in cosmetic and restorative dental treatments such as crowns and veneers. Here, our dentists can help San Fernando Valley patients, including those in Tarzana, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Van Nuys, North Hollywood and surrounding areas, dealing with issues such as discoloration, chipped or cracked teeth, and gaps from our welcoming office in Encino, California.
What are veneers?
Veneers are used to correct issues that affect the front surface of teeth. They are also made from porcelain or ceramic but only cover the front portions of the affected tooth. Veneers are created to look and feel like natural teeth. This makes veneers ideal for treating:
- Spaces between teeth
- Cracks or chips
- Uneven tooth edges
- Small looking teeth
How are veneers applied?
During the first visit, the tooth will be prepared by cleaning it and shaving down a thin layer of enamel to make enough space for the veneer. An impression of the tooth is made and then sent to a lab where the veneer is shaped to the exact specifications. A temporary veneer is placed on the tooth to protect it between appointments. When ready, the permanent veneer will be adhered using the same type of bonding agent which secures crowns. The veneer is then buffed until smooth.
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