Dental Crowns – Beverly Hills, CA
Bring Back Your Smile’s Structure and Luster
Teeth can become damaged even with the most diligent oral care routine of brushing and flossing. Alternatively, dental injury from a bad fall or sporting accident can also leave your teeth cracked, chipped, or fractured in some way, putting them at risk of additional harm and infection later. No matter the case, Dr. Kboudi wants you to know that you don’t have to settle for a damaged tooth (nor get it extracted outright). Call Beverly Hills Complete Dentistry today to see if your tooth can be restored with a customized, natural-looking, and long-lasting dental crown!
What is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are personalized restorations made from materials that can be safely accommodated inside the mouth. Traditionally, dental crowns would be made from silver, gold, or other metal materials due to their durability. At Beverly Hills Complete Dentistry, we opt for tooth-colored porcelain which can be color-matched to blend in with your existing teeth exactly. This ensures that only you and our office know that you had a dental crown placed to begin with.
Dental crowns are ideal for addressing chips, cracks, and significant fractures in teeth. This prevents them from breaking apart further, which can trigger the need for root canal therapy and even full-blown extraction.
Ideal candidates for dental crowns include those who have:
- Chips or cracks that a dental filling cannot resolve
- Permanent stains or discoloration in teeth that teeth whitening and cosmetic bonding cannot address
- A need for a tooth replacement (such as a dental bridge, denture, or dental implant)
The Dental Crown Process
To receive a dental crown, we first need to capture a digital impression of your modified tooth. In order for the crown to fit snugly over your existing tooth, a small amount of enamel needs to be removed. After this, we’ll carefully scan your tooth using our digital impression scanner, then send this 3D image to our computer for closer examination. We’ll use this data to design your crown using E4D technology.
Essentially, this means we can design and fabricate the crown entirely in-house for added convenience. The process takes about one hour, which makes it perfect for those experiencing a dental emergency and need a dental crown right away.
The Benefits of Getting a Dental Crown
When teeth are damaged and don’t get the protection they need, you run the risk of them breaking down further and requiring more expensive and time-consuming treatments later on. This includes root canal therapy, which involves the placement of a crown anyway. Other benefits you can expect include:
- Improved comfort while chewing
- Save your natural teeth and avoid the need for dental implants or bridges
- Correct several dental problems at the same time, whether they be restorative or cosmetic
- Fully customized to blend in with your neighboring teeth for best esthetics
- Easy maintenance at home (brushing and flossing)
- Long-lasting, averaging about 10 to 15 years of use
Dental Crowns FAQs
Interested in getting a dental crown from a restorative dentist in Beverly Hills? From improving your appearance to protecting your tooth and offering durability, there’s a lot to like about adding a crown to your smile. At Beverly Hills Complete Dentistry, we’ll go over all the details of this choice during your consultation so you can feel confident in your decision. Before you even sit down with one of our dentists, keep reading to check out some frequently asked questions from our patients about dental crowns.
Do Dental Crowns Get Cavities?
While it’s technically impossible for a crown to develop a cavity, the tooth underneath it still could. A crowned tooth has a similar risk of decay compared to an uncrowned one. Poor oral hygiene makes it possible for bacteria and plaque to form where the tooth meets the crown; if they spread underneath the crown, it could mean major trouble for the tooth. Cavity prevention for crowned teeth is the same method as uncrowned – daily brushing and flossing with regular checkups and cleanings.
Does It Hurt to Get a Dental Crown?
Your dentist numbs the tooth they need to work on when you get a crown. That usually means a topical anesthetic, but if you have severe anxiety, they may use dental sedation. Of course, they’ll check to see what you prefer. After your tooth is prepped for a crown, it may be sensitive for a few days, particularly if you also had a root canal. Since a crown protects a vulnerable tooth from damage, in the long run, it will likely prevent pain instead of causing any!
What Happens If You Wait Too Long to Get a Dental Crown?
Waiting too long to get dental crowns in Beverly Hills can have some detrimental consequences on your oral health and your wallet. For example, if the root of the problem is decay, the infection can continue to delve deeper into the tooth, increasing your risk of needing a root canal or an extraction. Therefore, it’s always best to schedule the procedure sooner rather than later.
What’s the Difference Between a Temporary Crown and a Permanent Crown?
As you might expect, a temporary crown is not meant to last a long time – just a few weeks while your permanent crown is fabricated in a lab. Temporary ones are made from inexpensive materials like acrylic or composite resin. They are bonded with weak cement, so removal is easy when it’s time for your permanent crown to be placed. Your permanent one will be bonded with stronger cement and made of more durable materials like gold, silver, porcelain-bonded-to-metal, or ceramic to withstand chewing and biting pressure for at least 5-15 years. (We use porcelain.) Also, consider that we offer same-day crowns thanks to E4D technology.
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