Dental Crowns Overview
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.
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"What an extraordinary dentist! I had an emergency...my front tooth broke off and I was leaving on a trip the next day, Sunday. Dr. Alan Howard opened his office on a Saturday night and in one hour I had a beautiful new crown. True, he is my regular dentist but still who does that...comes in on a Saturday night to fix a tooth?! What an amazing dentist! The Best! Highly highly recommend!"- L.L. / Yelp / Nov 23, 2019
Best Candidates for Dental Crowns
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 from Dental Crowns
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.
Dental Crowns Recovery
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.