Your teeth are incredibly durable, but they aren’t invincible. If you chip, crack, or otherwise damage a tooth, a dental crown can restore your chewing ability and prevent further damage. At the practice of Goli Javaher, DDS in Brentwood, Los Angeles, the team regularly uses dental prosthetics, including crowns to help restore their patients’ smiles. To request your consultation, call or click today.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped covering designed to restore a tooth's shape, size, strength, or appearance. Once cemented in place, a crown covers the entire portion of your tooth that sits above your gum line.
Dental crowns are incredibly versatile and can correct a number of problems. The team might recommend a dental crown to:
Your provider might also recommend a crown to treat a cosmetic issue such as a discolored or chipped tooth.
Getting a dental crown requires two separate appointments.
At your first appointment, the team performs an oral exam and takes a series of X-rays. If you have a tooth with extensive decay and there’s a risk of infection, a root canal may be necessary.
Before making your crown, your dentist administers a local anesthetic to numb your teeth and gums. Next, your provider carefully files down your tooth that’s receiving the crown. After reshaping your tooth, your dentist uses putty to make a series of impressions. Finally, your dentist covers your tooth with a temporary crown. At the end of your appointment, the team sends your impressions to a laboratory that manufactures your permanent crown.
A week or two later, you return for your second appointment. At your second appointment, the team administers a local anesthetic and cements your permanent crown in place. The entire process takes between 45-60 minutes.
If you practice good oral hygiene and avoid bad habits like chewing on ice or biting your fingernails, your dental crown can last an average of 10-15 years. You should also visit the practice of Goli Javaher, DDS once every six months for a professional cleaning and exam.
If you’re interested in learning more about dental crowns, make an appointment today by calling or using the online booking tool.