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Dental Crowns

Dental Crowns – Studio City, CA

Rebuild and Renew Damaged Teeth!

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Your tooth enamel may be the strongest part of your entire body, but it isn’t completely indestructible. Teeth can become damaged from decay, injuries, accidents, and more. Fortunately, at Studio City Dental Arts, we offer customized dental crowns for a comfortable, natural-looking solution to damaged teeth. To find out if a dental crown is ideal for you, give us a call to schedule your next visit.

Why Choose Studio City Dental Arts for Dental Crowns?

  • Customized for Natural Appearance
  • Flexible Financing Options
  • Saturday Appointments Available

What Is a Dental Crown?

Closeup of dental crown on finger

A dental crown is a custom-crafted cap that is placed over the chewing surface of a damaged or weakened tooth above the gumline. This restoration can be made from a variety of different materials, but we usually use all-porcelain because of its durability and tooth-like appearance. Dental crowns are generally recommended for the following issues:

  • Broken tooth requiring additional support
  • Tooth that’s undergone root canal treatment
  • Severe decay that’s being repaired with a large filling
  • Dental bridge needing support from adjacent teeth
  • Severely misshapen or discolored tooth
  • Missing tooth being replaced with a dental implant.

The Process of Getting a Dental Crown

Woman having a dental crown placed

Getting a dental crown placed is a relatively simple procedure. It can usually be completed in a single appointment to the practice. The first step involves examining the area to ensure that a dental crown is the best option for you. Once this is confirmed, a thin layer of enamel needs to be removed. This creates room for the crown to fit comfortably in the mouth and appear natural. An impression is then taken and sent to the dental laboratory where your crown will be crafted.

In the meantime, you will be provided with a temporary crown. This will protect your tooth and help you become accustomed to how your new crown feels. Once your restoration is ready, you can return to the dental practice where it will be adhered to your tooth using a special dental cement.

Benefits of Getting a Dental Crown

Man smiling in the dental chair

Dental crowns provide all sorts of benefits. Here are just some of the most prominent ones:

  • Comfortable
  • Natural-looking
  • Personalized
  • Prevents further damage
  • Lasts 15+ years
  • Improved chewing ability
  • Increases confidence

Dental Crown FAQs

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

On average, you can expect your dental crown to last somewhere between 5 and 15 years. However, this can vary depending on the material the crown is made from. The longevity of your dental crown depends on individual factors, like your diet, oral health, and whether you have bad dental habits, like smoking, nail biting, and teeth grinding. Crowns in the front of the mouth may last slightly longer than crowns on the molars because they aren’t subjected to as much wear and tear from regular chewing.

Does It Hurt to Get a Dental Crown?

Just like when you get a filling, your dentist will numb the tooth they will be working on when you get a crown. Usually, all this takes is a topical anesthetic, but sedation options are also available for those who suffer from dental anxiety. You shouldn’t feel a thing during the procedure, but you may experience some sensitivity for a few days afterward. This can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. Because dental crowns protect vulnerable teeth from additional damage, they can actually help to prevent further pain.

Do Dental Crowns Feel Natural?

Within a few days of receiving your dental crown, it should start to feel increasingly natural. Crowns are made from durable materials that can stand up to everyday chewing forces just as well as tooth enamel, so eating shouldn’t feel strange. Additionally, dental crowns are customized based on impressions taken of your tooth after a small amount of enamel was removed. Your crown shouldn’t even feel noticeable after a few days of adjusting to it.

What Can I Eat with a Temporary Crown?

You should be able to chew comfortably with a temporary crown, but you should avoid certain foods to be safe. There may be a small gap between your temporary crown and gumline, so try to limit sugary foods and beverages. You should also stay away from foods and beverages that are particularly hot and cold, as they can cause sensitivity. Lastly, avoid foods that are particularly hard or sticky that could damage, loosen, or dislodge the crown.