When to Choose a Dental Crown

Dental crowns are a durable restoration that fits over the tooth’s natural crown. They are often used to strengthen and support the remaining tooth structure while preventing additional damage. Our dentist in West Hollywood can help you decide if a crown is right for you.

1. When your tooth is badly damaged
Severe damage can leave a tooth vulnerable to cracking or crumbling. By restoring it with a crown, the tooth can continue to function for many more years.

2. When you have a large filling
Large cavities can be restored with fillings, but a crown may also be needed to prevent the tooth from cracking or becoming even more damaged.

3. When your tooth has had a root canal
A root canal removes diseased tissue from the interior of the tooth, and a crown is used to permanently restore the tooth.

4. When you are having a lost tooth replaced with a dental implant or dental bridge
Crowns are used to cover the root form of the implant or to support the dental bridge that is replacing the lost tooth.

5. When you have a severely misshapen or discolored tooth
Although some types of cosmetic issues can be corrected with more conservative measures, crowns are often needed to correct more serious issues.

Each patient’s needs are unique. We will first evaluate your needs and goals before recommending a course of action. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in dental crowns in Los Angeles.

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What are Crowns Made of?

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For a tooth that has been weakened by injury or decay, a dental crown is used to restore the tooth and provide it with enough strength to survive. Crowns are also placed on top of dental implants. Crowns are usually made out of metal, porcelain-fused-to metal, or porcelain.

Metal crowns are usually made out of gold alloys or base-metal alloys. This type of crown holds up extremely well to biting and chewing forces. Metal crowns also tend to wear opposing teeth down less than other crowns. The major flaw of this type of crown is its high level of visibility.

Our West Hollywood dentist may suggest using a porcelain crown if you are especially concerned with the aesthetic element of your tooth restoration. This type of crown can be made to very closely match the color of your surrounding teeth. Porcelain is not as strong as all-metal crowns and may not last as long. Porcelain crowns also tend to wear opposing teeth down a bit more than metal crowns.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are a nice middle ground between all-metal and all-porcelain crowns. They offer a good amount of strength, while still allowing the crown to be color-matched to your surrounding teeth.

If you are interested in learning which crown is right for your dental needs, contact our expert in dental crowns in West Hollywood to set up a consultation.

What are Same Day Crowns?

Traditional crowns usually require at least two separate appointments, one to take the impression and prepare the tooth, and another one to place the crown that the lab has designed between appointments. For somebody with a busy life, this situation is not always ideal. Luckily, same day crowns are now available.

A same day crown is a special type of crown that utilizes CAD/CAM technology. These acronyms stand for Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing, respectively. During this procedure, our Agoura Hills cosmetic dentist will first scan your tooth with a computer. The scan is sent to a computer that creates the ideal crown for your tooth. The dentist may tweak the design if necessary. Using the design, the machine will mill your crown out of a block of specialized ceramic. The aesthetics and the durability of the resulting crown are top notch, and best of all, it can be applied the very same day. There is no longer any need to wait until the next appointment or deal with the hassle of getting fit with a temporary crown.

If you are interested in learning if a same day crown is the right option for your dental needs, contact our expert in same day crowns in Agoura Hills to schedule a consultation.

Same-Day Dental Crowns

Beautiful young woman smiling. Isolated over white  background.One of the most common reasons patients say for not seeing the dentist as often is because they are simply too busy. Even a routine dental exam can take up a lot of time for someone who has a hectic schedule. But even though you may not want to rearrange everything in your planner, it is vital that you regularly see our dental crowns dentist to make sure your oral health does not deteriorate.

Regularly seeing the dentist can also help ensure that you do not require any extensive or expensive procedures down the line. And if you require a tooth restoration but time is of the essence, ask our dental crowns dentist about same-day dental crowns. Some of the benefits patients enjoy from same-day dental crowns include:

• Convenience
• High-tech accuracy
• Natural, tooth-colored crowns
• Extremely precise and long-lasting results
• Preservation of more of your natural enamel

Our dentist can use CAD/CAM technology to digitally capture a picture of the damaged tooth, thereby eliminating the need for dental impressions. You can have your tooth restores in as little as an hour, so contact our office today if you are interested.

Getting Crowns in One Dental Visit

Getting Crowns in One Dental VisitCan you get crowns in a single dental visit? If you are a candidate for a CEREC crown, you can. CEREC crowns are a special type of restoration that can be made right here in our office. They have no metal in them, and they are made of porcelain, which closely matches natural enamel. There is no need for a temporary crown, and you will not need a second shot of anesthetic or second dental appointment to place the crowns.

Candidates for CEREC crowns include patients with damaged teeth, decayed teeth, teeth that have undergone root canal treatment, and otherwise compromised teeth. We begin by preparing your tooth. Any decayed enamel is removed, and then the tooth is shaped to accommodate the crown. Once your tooth is ready, we take a digital impression. This image is used to create a virtual model of your tooth, which enables us to design your new crown right in our office. Porcelain is then milled into the shape of your tooth. We can check the fit of your crown, make any necessary adjustments and then bond it into place using powerful dental cement. Call us today to find out more about how you can get one day crowns in Huntington Beach or to schedule an appointment.

Using Crowns with Implants to Replace Teeth

Using Crowns with implants to replace teeth
While crowns are typically used as a covering to protect existing teeth that have extensive damage or to hold a fixed dental bridge in place, dental crowns may also be used as a vital part of a dental implant to replace one or more missing teeth.

A dental implant is often used as a more permanent replacement for a missing tooth. While many people consider the entire appliance to be the implant, a dental implant is simply the metal screw or rod that is inserted into the jaw bone to replace the tooth root. Other parts of a complete implant appliance include an extension if necessary, an abutment, and a crown.

A crown is the part of the implant appliance that resembles the former tooth to restore proper appearance and functioning. This crown is attached to the dental implant with an attached abutment. A root extension piece may be needed to connect the abutment to the root, but this is not always the case.

If you are considering a crown and a dental implant, speak with our North Hollywood dentist to determine if you are a good candidate and to discuss your options.

Different Types of Dental Crowns

Different Types of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are appliances that fit over an existing tooth to repair damaged or missing teeth.  Many instances require the use of a dental crown, and there are many different dental crowns available for different needs.

Over time, teeth can become damaged due to neglect or accidents.  Teeth get worn down and cracked for a number of reasons.  Sometimes large fillings in the teeth make it necessary to protect it with a crown.  A dental crown fits on top of the tooth, protecting and holding together the tooth, essentially saving the tooth.

There are many different materials that are used in making crowns, so make sure to talk to our Los Angeles dental crowns dentist about which option best suits you.  One option is using metal.  Metal crowns rarely chip or break and last the longest in terms of wear down.  The obvious drawback is the color so these are primarily used for teeth that are out of sight.

Porcelain and ceramic crowns are able to match the color and look of your normal teeth.  Typically, these are used for front teeth and teeth that are visible.  They also have the benefit of being an excellent option for those with metal allergies.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are composed of a metal implant in the patient’s mouth, which a porcelain crown rests upon.  It is very durable and an excellent option for front teeth.

A more economic option is an all-resin dental crown.  They are less expensive than other options and look like natural teeth.  However, these are more prone to fractures than other options.  They also wear down easier over time.  With any dental procedure, you want to make sure that you are looking at the long-term effects.  Quality dental work will last a lifetime.

Temporary and permanent crowns also deserve mention.  A temporary crown is something that our dentist makes in their office.  This is used to be a temporary solution while a dental lab makes your permanent crown.

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) states that crowns are like normal teeth.  Proper brushing and flossing and regular visits to the dentist will ensure a long, healthy smile.