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Dental crowns have been used throughout history to protect and preserve teeth, but in general the type we know now has been around since the late 1950s. This restoration has become indispensible in modern dentistry. If a tooth has been damaged by trauma or decay, it must be restored to conserve tooth structure and provide strength and protection. Most patients want a restoration method that preserves as much natural tooth as possible, and they want their smiles to remain natural looking. Porcelain dental crowns provide a strong, durable, and aesthetic option. Dr. Leif Löberg and his team at Löberg Professional Dental Corporation recommend porcelain dental crowns to patients in the Laguna Hills area.
Porcelain dental crowns are made of ceramic material. Porcelain is available in a variety of shades, so Dr. Löberg is able to match it accurately to your existing teeth. He works with you to find a hue that blends in with your smile. It is important to know that crowns do not respond to whitening treatment. If you are interested in professional teeth whitening, you should schedule that procedure prior to receiving a dental crown to ensure that your new restoration matches the rest of your teeth.
Various materials can be used to fabricate dental crowns, but porcelain is Dr. Löberg’s preference because it closely resembles natural tooth enamel. Porcelain is semi-translucent and reflects light in a similar manner to tooth enamel, mimicking the pearl white gloss found on natural teeth. Porcelain is also strong. It can withstand the force of biting and chewing, even on molars, making it ideal for dental restorations.
Porcelain dental crowns are designed to last long term, with good home care. Brush after meals with non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft tooth brush. Give the margin, the line where the crown meets the gum, a little extra attention when brushing since food particles and plaque may collect there. Floss normally, before bedtime. Avoid biting directly on very hard foods with your crown, as it may chip or become dislodged. It is always a good idea to keep non-food objects (ice, pens, keys, and fingernails) out of your mouth.
There’s much more to learn about dental crowns, including the amazing E4D same-day crown technology. To find out more, become a patient of the dentist that families in the Laguna Hills area trust for dependable dental advice – Dr. Leif Löberg. The number is (949) 586-1930.