At Glendale Dental Wellness, no stone is left unturned when rebuilding broken, decayed, misshapen, or otherwise injured teeth. Led by Dr. Ivan Chan, our talented and compassionate team considers everything from the unique attributes of the patient to the durability and aesthetics of selected dental materials when making treatment recommendations. After all, your smile’s sustained health and beauty is our priority. We also ensure that the treatment process is pleasant, comfortable, and convenient for our valued patients from across Los Angeles County and Southern California.

The power and versatility of porcelain crowns

“Crowns” refer to the visible white part of the teeth. The natural crown may be damaged due to wear and tear, decay, and dental injuries. To preserve the tooth, building it up with a lab-made dental crown may be necessary. 

While crowns may be made from a variety of metal and non-metal materials, porcelain is a popular material for crowns and other types of dental restorations. Porcelain mimics the natural translucence, strength, and other properties of tooth enamel well. However, various factors may influence the selection of the material to make your crown. These factors include the location of the tooth in the mouth and the function of the tooth to be “crowned” or treated. 

For those teeth that are towards the front of the mouth or in highly visible locations, porcelain is tough to beat. We are happy to discuss additional options which may be more appropriate for teeth toward the back of the mouth. The premolars and molars must be able to withstand the force from mashing and grinding down food. 

Any time a tooth is weakened and more conservative restorations, such as fillings, are not sufficient to restore the tooth, a dental crown may be in order. As a common and versatile treatment, crowns:

  • Hold together broken teeth 
  • Preserve decayed teeth 
  • Follow root canal therapy to “save” badly damaged teeth (and avoid extractions) 
  • Cover up teeth with major cosmetic challenges, such as poorly-shaped teeth 
  • Anchor a dental bridge for tooth replacement 
  • Restore a dental implant for tooth replacement 

The process of getting a crown is straightforward. After damaged tissue has been removed, the remaining tooth is reshaped to receive the crown. We take impressions of the reduced tooth and its neighbors. Our lab uses this information to make the crown. A temporary is also placed to allow the tooth to heal and to protect the treatment site while the permanent crown is being made. Once the crown is ready, we remove the temporary and ensure the permanent was made correctly and fits perfectly before cementing it to the tooth. 

We welcome any questions that you may have about this reliable treatment option! Call 818-243-3838 to reach our friendly team and schedule an appointment at Glendale Dental Wellness.