Century City Smiles & Orthodontics
Dentists & Orthodontics located in Westwood / Century City, Los Angeles, CA
If your tooth has been damaged in an accident or due to general decay, give it the royal treatment with a crown. Come see Shawn Saidian, DDS, in Westwood, California, to see if a crown may be right for you. Crowns are versatile restorations that are placed on teeth like caps to protect and restore their health and appearance. Each crown is custom-made for you to match the shade and shape of your natural teeth. They can also be attached to implants to fully replace a missing tooth. To learn more about crowns, call the office or book a consultation online today.
Crowns Q & A
What are crowns?
A crown is a protective cap placed over a tooth that’s severely damaged. Here are some situations in which a crown can help restore the look and function of your tooth:
- Discoloration or stains
- To protect a tooth that has undergone a root canal
Crowns are generally tooth-colored so they blend in with your smile and enhance your appearance. They’re sturdy and improve your oral health in the long term.
How are crowns placed?
Dr. Saidian first takes detailed impressions of the affected tooth to determine how your crown will fit. He’ll also use special dental instruments to file down the affected tooth. This ensures that the crown will fit snugly. You’re then given a temporary crown.
Using those impressions, an outside dental lab will custom-make your crown according to the office’s specifications. Shawn Saidian, DDS uses metal-free ceramic crowns. It typically takes about two weeks to finish your crown.
Once your crown is ready, you’ll return to the office for a follow-up visit. Using a special dental adhesive, Dr. Saidian will bond the crown onto your tooth. It’s a simple, painless procedure that doesn’t require an anesthetic.
What are the benefits of crowns?
Crowns can address a number of cosmetic concerns that affect your smile. With a crown, you can restore a healthy, natural look to a tooth impacted by a chip, crack, or discoloration.
Also, crowns are a highly effective treatment for decay. If left untreated, decay can worsen and lead to eventual tooth loss. Crowns restore the health of your teeth and help reverse the devastating effects of tooth decay.
How long do crowns last?
On average, the lifespan of a dental crown is 5-15 years. However, the lifespan of your crown depends on how well you care for it. The key to preserving your crown is to treat it like you would any natural tooth. Continue to brush and floss twice a day while maintaining your regular dental visits.
Also, you may want to consider trying to avoid certain hard foods that can crack or chip your crown. Some items to look out for include hard candies and popcorn kernels.
If you think your tooth might need a crown, call Century Citythodontics or set up a consultation online today.