When a tooth is worn down or damaged, it may be saved with a crown. Sometimes called a cap, dental crowns are made custom to cover the needed tooth and colored to blend with your natural teeth for an attractive finish. At The Dental Office Encino in Encino, CA, a crown can treat tooth decay, strengthen a damaged tooth, hold together a crack, or mask discoloration. Board-certified dentists Drs. Alan and Yonatan Howard creates custom crowns with a choice of materials to meet your goals, including metal, porcelain, and metal covered with porcelain. Make an appointment with Drs. Howard and Howard to find out how a custom dental crown may repair or strengthen a damaged tooth, while also enhancing the total appearance and health of your mouth.
"The office itself is very clean and the staff is very nice. As soon as you get your seat they have a TV that you can watch anything you want.The appointment itself was quick and painless! The fastest filling I’ve ever had and experienced no pain. The teeth cleaning was also great and they took their time to make sure that everything looked good.Overall it was the best dental experience that I ever had."- K.C. / Google / Dec 28, 2018
"The office itself is very clean and the staff is very nice. As soon as you get your seat they have a TV that you can watch anything you want. The appointment itself was quick and painless! The fastest filling I've ever had and experienced no pain. The teeth cleaning was also great and they took their time to make sure that everything looked good. Overall it was the best dental experience that I ever had."- K.C. / Yelp / Dec 27, 2018
"I've been coming here for the past theee of four years. They are always, prompt, nice, friendly, clean, professional! Thank you! Or check out that cool salt water tank in their waiting room"- L.A. / Yelp / Nov 05, 2018
"State of the art facility with an amazing staff. They really make an effort and put so much care into getting to know you and provide quality care."- J.T. / Yelp / Aug 04, 2018
"I called in the morning after I had an accident that broke off both front teeth. The staff was so caring and understood the urgency so they fit me in that day (within a few hours). Dr. Howard immediately placed composites and shaped and sculpted teeth from me so I didn't feel pressure about my permanent fix options. He felt that if he talked about options and price while I had teeth missing, I would jump at it because of how desperate I would be to fix what is a pretty important feature of my face (especially being the front teeth). He also didn't charge me for the composites and just asked that I think about what I really wanted to do. He was very sweet and compassionate. He provided his number if I had concerns and even asked that my Orthodontist cousin give him a call so he can explain the breaks and the cosmetic/treatment options. His friendly staff and himself gave several follow up calls to make sure I was not in any pain. I am happy to have found a new dentist and have been referring them to my clients since."- A.M. / Yelp / Jul 13, 2018
A crown may be wanted or needed in several different ways. They may be placed to cover a decaying tooth to prevent it from chipping or it may hold together an already cracked tooth. Dental crowns may also cover a worn-down or loose tooth. They may be used to strengthen a tooth with a lot of decay that will not take a tooth-colored filling, serve as part of a dental bridge, or hide discolored or misshapen teeth. Crowns may be glued over your tooth or connected by an implant. The crown's material is chosen with consideration to where it is being placed. Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) or metal are usually stronger, which makes them better suited for the less visible molars and pre-molars. Ceramic or porcelain crowns are often selected for the visible teeth and custom made to match the size, color, and shape of your teeth. In your consult, Dr. Alan or Yonatan Howard will explain your choices and help you choose the best dental crown for your budget and needs.
What To Expect
At your consult, Drs. Howard and Howard will get dental impressions so your crown can be made to fit your tooth. In some cases, a temporary dental crown may be used to cover your tooth as your permanent crown is being crafted. As soon as your custom crown is made, the treatment area will be given a local numbing anesthetic. Stronger sedation techniques may be used to soothe any fears or anxieties. When the anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Howard will prep your tooth by cleaning away any decay, then lightly file the enamel to create space for your dental crown. Your dental crown can be either glued to your tooth or connected to an implant. Once set, Dr. Howard can adjust the crown's fit so it is comfortable.
Unless sedation was used, you will be able to leave our office once the procedure is done and continue your daily activities. Dr. Howard or a member of his team will teach you how to care for your dental crown, including any foods that should be avoided and cleaning. During your yearly examinations at The Dental Office Encino, Dr. Howard will evaluate your dental crown and adjust it to keep it comfortable. They will tell you when your crown should be replaced; however, with good care, it may last for several years. If you notice any trouble with your crown (if it falls out or is loose), call our office immediately. Don't try to repair it or re-attach it because this may cause an infection or bad fit.
Based on your insurance coverage, a portion of your costs may be paid. After contacting your insurance carrier, we can calculate your remaining costs. At your consult, Dr. Howard will help you select the best crown material that suits your needs and budget. They can also talk about payment methods along with financing to help make your procedure affordable.
Custom Dental Crowns
A damaged or missing tooth may be repaired with a custom crown at The Dental Office Encino. Talk to Dr. Alan or Yonatan Howard about how a dental crown can shield your tooth from continued harm and help to keep your other teeth healthy. Offering different materials for your needs, a customized crown can blend with your teeth for a beautiful smile. Contact our team in Encino, CA to make an appointment with board-certified dentists Drs. Howard and Howard.