Dental crowns are one of the most versatile treatment options in modern dentistry, as they’re routinely used to repair and support teeth that are damaged, discolored, or decayed. A dental crown is only as good as the dentist that installs it, so finding an experienced and trustworthy provider is essential. For the best patient experience in West Los Angeles, call Ladan Danialian, DDS, and her team at Allure Dentistry today, or make an appointment online with the scheduling tool.
A dental crown is a cap, virtually identical to a natural tooth, placed over a broken, damaged, or decayed tooth to restore its appearance, strength, and function.
A dental crown can be made of a variety of materials, including metal, porcelain and composite options, and you can discuss which one is right for you with Dr. Danialian during your consultation.
Dental crowns usually cover the entire tooth to the gum line when cemented into place, but some types of crowns, like inlays and onlays made of dental bonding, are subtler adjustments to the tooth.
Inlays are small caps of dental bonding that can be made to support your teeth and are placed within small weaknesses in the teeth. Onlays are made of similar materials to inlays but are placed over the top of a tooth to support it, though onlays cover only part of the tooth, as opposed to a true crown which covers the entire tooth.
Common uses for dental crowns include:
Crowns can also be used to make cosmetic adjustments to your smile, and can sometimes save a tooth that has become so decayed that it can’t support a filling.
Once Dr. Danialian at Allure Dentistry has examined your tooth and determined a crown is the best course of action, she will anesthetize the tooth and surrounding area, so you’re comfortable for the procedure. She’ll then wear down the affected tooth into a position to support the crown; you’ll probably feel some pressure while she does this, but it should not be painful.
Dr. Danialian then takes a mold of the tooth the crown will protect. Depending on the material you choose for your crown, it can take several weeks to construct. If this is the case, you’ll get a temporary crown in the meantime. When construction of your crown is complete, Dr. Danialian permanently cements it in place, completing the restoration of your tooth.
If you need a crown, or if you have any questions, call Allure Dentistry or make an appointment online.