Dental Crowns in Beverly Hills
When a tooth has cracked, fractured or decayed to the point where a filling won’t be effective, Dental Crowns are often the best solution. Crowns, sometimes referred to as “dental caps,” serve two functions. First and foremost, crowns are a way to cover and protect an injured tooth, preventing further damage and allowing patients to chew and bite normally. Secondly, there’s the matter of appearance. Dental crowns can help achieve a beautiful, natural-looking smile by restoring a tooth to its normal size, shape and color. As one of the most trusted and time-tested dental restorations around, crowns not only protect your smile, but can polish it up as well!
What is the crown procedure like?
At our Beverly Hills Dental Clinic, patient comfort and satisfaction is of utmost concern. By employing today’s modern dental techniques, applying a crown has become a relatively painless and stress-free procedure. During your first appointment, your mouth will be numbed to keep you relaxed and comfortable throughout the appointment. We will then examine and prepare the tooth receiving the crown. To do this, we remove a portion of the tooth to allow your permanent crown to fit securely and comfortably. Once the site has been prepared, we will take a quick impression of your teeth and gums and a temporary crown will be applied. This will keep your natural tooth clean and protected while your permanent crown is being created in the lab.
When your permanent crown returns from the lab, you will return to the office for a second visit. Again, we can numb the site to ensure a virtually painless application. Before applying the permanent crown, you will first “try it on.” This ensures that the crown is not only the right fit, color and shape, but that it’s comfortable and allows you to bite properly. In essence, we’re making sure your new crown is perfect for you! The permanent crown is then cemented into place, creating a beautiful, healthy smile for years to come.
What are the different types of dental crowns available?
There are, of course, several different types of crowns available, based on the material they’re made from. Prior to your crown procedure, we will sit down to discuss the benefits and limitations of each of these. Together we will find the best option for you.
Types of dental crowns today:
- Metal: Metal crowns, particularly gold crowns, are restorations made entirely of a metal alloy. Even when referred to as “gold,” these crowns will often contain a combination of metals such as gold, platinum, palladium, etc. While metal crowns are strong and will rarely chip or break, their metallic color is often a drawback for many patients.
- All-ceramic or all-porcelain: All-ceramic crowns and all-porcelain crowns are second to none when it comes to natural-looking restorations. Not only can we achieve nearly flawless color matching, but because all-ceramic crowns are translucent, they will blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth. Of course, there are some limitations as well. All-ceramic and all-porcelain crowns are not as strong as some other types of restorations.
- Porcelain fused to metal (PFM): For those looking for a balance between strength and aesthetics, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are a common option. A PFM crown includes a durable metal base and a color-matched porcelain shell to cover the parts of the crown that are visible. Next to all-ceramic crowns, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns look most like natural teeth.
- All-resin crowns: Finally, all-resin crowns are the least expensive type of crown. While they can achieve a natural-looking smile, all-resin crowns are more prone to chips and fractures and tend to wear down over time.
In need of a dental crown?
If you’re living with a broken or fractured tooth, we encourage you to contact us today and schedule a consultation. Often, a dental crown can protect a tooth from further damage and improve appearance. At your appointment, we will sit down to discuss all the risks and benefits of crownwork, and together, we will find the best course of treatment for you. We can also discuss whether you’re a candidate for Porcelain Veneers, which can often correct a host of cosmetic issues less invasively. Our dental offices in Beverly Hills can be reached at (310) 273-0111. Don’t hesitate - call today.