Custom Dental Crowns In Encino, Los Angeles, CA

Cosmetic & Restorative Dental Crowns Complete Beautiful, Healthy Smiles

Whether it’s because of damage to a tooth, decay or simply for cosmetic reasons, the crown of a tooth may need to be replaced. When this is the case, a dental crown can be an excellent option. Unlike other prosthetics, a dental crown allows the patient to keep their original root, and simple replace the crown—which is the portion of the tooth above the gum line.

In order to understand if a dental crown is right for you, it’s important to understand just what a crown is, what the placement procedure is like and other aspects to keep in mind when considering the treatment options with your dentist.

What Are Dental Crowns?

As was mentioned, the crown is the top part of the tooth, which is exposed above the gum line. When this portion of the tooth needs to be replaced, a dental crown is used to replace it. This is a dental prosthetic that mimics the real crown that is being replaced in functionality, and often also in appearance.

Why a Dental Crown?

There are a few different reasons why a dental crown would be needed. Keep in mind that a dental crown can only be used when only the crown portion of the tooth is damaged. If the root is damaged, a crown may not be an option—as an extraction may be necessary. When this is the case, another prosthetic may be used—such as an implant or a bridge. If the crown has only suffered minor damage, something like dental bonding may be a better option than a dental crown.

Some of the reasons for a dental crown include:

  • Tooth Decay
  • A Major Crack in the Tooth
  • Cosmetic Appearance
  • Misshapen Teeth

Again, whether a dental crown is used as opposed to a veneer, bonding, implant or bridge depends on the extent and form of the damage.

Materials Used

Generally prosthetic crowns are made from porcelain, to better blend in with surrounding teeth. This porcelain is often painted to match the surrounding teeth in a very complex process. Other options include metal, resin, ceramic and even gold.

Keep in mind that the materials that are used can affect the price, as well as how long the crown is expected to last.

Dental Crown Aftercare

Once a dental crown is placed, it needs to be properly cared for. Having a crown placed is not an excuse to neglect that tooth, or any surrounding teeth. Remember, the root of the tooth is still susceptible to decay and infection, and the gums can still develop disease. Make sure to brush, floss and rinse your mouth at least twice a day.

Also, keep in mind that the prosthetic crown may be more sensitive to harder foods, so be careful when eating foods that may potentially damage the crown.

Are Dental Crowns Permanent?

While crowns can last a long time—especially if they are properly cared for—they are not permanent. Some crowns last as little as five years, while others last around fifteen years. Some crowns can even last as long as thirty years when constructed with high quality material, and properly cared for!

Dental Crown Procedure

The process of having a dental crown created and placed is broken up into a few different steps, which will generally involve a couple of trips to the dentist. The initial trip to the dentist will involve a consultation with the patient in which options for treatment are discussed. An x-ray will be done to see the extent of the damage, and to see if the root is damaged as well. Keep in mind, the severity of the damage will be a major factor in the final decision for which treatment option is best for the patient.

Once the dentist has decided that a crown is the best treatment option, any decay will be removed from the tooth. An impression will be made of the tooth that is being replaced to be sent out for construction. This may take a few weeks to be completed. Depending on the material that is chosen, the new crown may be constructed to match the surrounding teeth, and to look like a natural fit with the rest of the patient’s teeth.

The dentist will then reshape the tooth to be able to properly fit the new crown, which involves filing down the crown. While the new, permanent crown is being produced, a temporary crown will be used.

Once the prosthetic is complete, it will be placed. An anesthetic may be used during this procedure. The dentist will check to make sure the crown fits well, and they will ensure that the color and shape fit with the surrounding teeth (if color is a factor). Once the new crown has been approved, the dentist will cement it in place.

Dental Crown Consultation

Any time your tooth is experiencing pain, or you crack or damage your tooth, an appointment should be set with your dentist to resolve the issue. If the tooth is severely damaged, set an emergency appointment and have it repaired as soon as possible.

When having a crown placed, check with your insurance company to see if a crown is covered, and how much of the procedure is covered. Ask your dentist about affordable options if insurance doesn’t cover enough of the costs.

A dental crown can protect the root of the tooth, while also improving the strength of the bite and completing a patient’s smile.

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