Dental Crowns in Santa Clarita, CA

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap used to cover a decayed or malformed tooth. If your tooth is damaged but not lost, a crown can help restore the tooth shape, size and strength as well as improve its appearance. The crown is needed when the tooth is generally broken down and the fillings can’t solve the problem.

If you need a dental crown or have questions feel free to call our Santa Clarita dentist at (661) 290-2825 today!

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What Types of Problems Can Dental Crowns Fix?

  • If a tooth is cracked a crown servers to hold the tooth together so the damage won’t get worse
  • If there isn’t enough of the tooth remaining to support a large filling, crowns help restore a tooth
  • Dental crowns are able to protect a weak tooth from cracking or decay
  • Crowns can serve for cosmetic purposes, covering misshaped or discolored teeth as well as old or metal mercury fillings
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What Types of Crowns Are Available?

We offer three types of crowns. Depending on which tooth needs a crown, we suggest a material or a combination of materials that is right for you.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns (PFM's)

Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are made of both metal and porcelain. First, a metal shell is fit over the tooth, then a porcelain veneer is fused on the metal shell. The metal substructure provides adequate strength, while porcelain helps form the overall shape of the crown and give it white, natural-looking appearance. Among the advantages of PFM crowns we should mention great durability, proper fit and aesthetic appeal.

Zirconia crowns

Zirconia crowns are made from zirkonium, a very strong material known for its durability. This material rarely provokes allergic reaction or body rejection. Having a translucent appearance, it is hard to differentiate a zirconia crown amongst natural teeth. Moreover, zirconia crowns can be modified according to the shape and size of teeth it will be placed alongside with.

E-max crowns

E-max crowns are made of a block lithium disilicate ceramic which offers best aesthetic appearance and durability. Having a translucent natural-white color, lifelike shape, e-max crowns provides an ideal restoration. As there is no metal framework on e-max crowns, there is never a chance of a grey line of metal showing up through your gums. Moreover, they are very strong and long lasting.

Steps Involved in Applying Dental Crowns

    There are usually two separate appointments for a dentist to place a dental crown.
  • First Visit: Examination and Application of Temporary CrownThe first appointment includes examination of the damaged tooth, shaping the tooth, taking its impression and placing a temporary crown. The temporary crown protects your tooth until the final crown is ready. Between the two appointments, a dental laboratory will fabricate the crown. The final crown will be the right size and shape for your mouth.
  • Second Visit: Cementing the Crown The second appointment involves taking off the temporary crown and putting on the final one. Before cementing the crown into place, we will check if it is the right fit, shape, color and bite. As a part of the dental procedure, we will set the crown on your mouth and inspect the way it has seated, then remove the crown and adjust it if needed. Once we agree that all seems right with your new crown, it will be cemented over your tooth.
  • Maintenance 
    Crowns are strong and generally last 5-7 years. Treat the crowns like your natural teeth: brush and floss them regularly and don’t bite hard objects. Proper oral hygiene determines the success of your investment.

Post Operative Instructions

Temporary Crowns and Bridges

Temporary crowns are usually made of soft plastic material and can be easily broken by pressure. That is why, avoid chewy and hard foods (gums, crusty bread, taffy, etc.) on the temporary crowns. Try to chew on the opposite side until the permanent crown/bridge is put in place. It is possible that you will experience some sensitivity and soreness around the gum for the first few days after the placement. Brush your teeth as usually, but floss gently. If regardless of your precautions, the temporary crown or bridge is dislodged and feels uncomfortable, calls for consult appointment. Never try to “glue” the temporary restorative devices by yourself. It is recommended to use a special over-the-counter denture adhesive to hold the crown or bridge until you get to our dental office.

Long-term Care of Permanent Crowns and Bridges

After the permanent crowns or bridges are finally  placed, you may experience some discomfort and increased sensitivity. For the first days your bite may feel uneven. All listed inconveniences are normal if last no more that 2-4 days after the treatment. To maintain your permanent restorative work, it is essential to keep daily oral hygiene because crowns and bridges tend to be more susceptible to decay than natural teeth. To provide an additional care and decay prevention, use a fluoride toothpaste or gel. In case of sensitive teeth, a sensitivity toothpaste is your helper until it gets better. If sensitivity or discomfort increase after day 4 please call our office for evaluation.

In spite of being very strong and color stable, porcelain-fused-to-zirconia crowns are not everlasting and can be damaged. As a rough guide, avoid doing anything with crown or bridge that could  potentially break your natural teeth: avoid chewy and hard foods and extreme temperatures. In case of fixed bridges pay special attention to cleaning under the pontic (area where you are missing teeth). For this purpose, a bridge threader available in all pharmacies is usually used. The durability and beauty of zirconia crowns depends on your proper dental cleaning technique: it is recommended to use electric toothbrush and floss to remove all plaque and avoid abrasive toothpastes to prevent any micro scratches. Pigments don’t influence zirconia crowns, so you can eat and drink freely. Our zirconia crowns are strong and unlikely to crack. However, observing precautions (avoiding hard and chewy foods, wearing mouth guards in risky situations, etc.) and maintaining proper oral hygiene will help save your crowned teeth healthy for many years to come.[/fancy-ul]

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Crowns

Are Dental Crowns Safe?

The dental crown procedure is typically very safe. There are some patients that do experience discomfort. The most common issues are tooth sensitivity or an allergic reaction. Choosing an experienced, licensed dentist will help reduce the likelihood of side effects. It’s important to let your dentist know if you have any concerns about the procedure. In most situations, good oral hygiene and slight adjustments done by the dentist will ease discomfort.

Will Getting a Dental Crown Be Painful?

The dental crown procedure is no more painful than getting a filling. If you have dental anxiety or a dental phobia, we can administer a local anesthetic to put you at ease during the procedure. We also offer stronger sedation options for those with moderate and severe anxiety about dental visits. It’s important to inform your dentist about your anxiety as soon as possible. We want to do our best to inform our patients and address concerns as soon as possible.

Can I Whiten Crowns?

Teeth whitening products that are meant for a natural tooth will not whiten your crowns. We recommend getting your teeth whitened before going in for your dental crown procedure. Avoiding dark sodas, coffee, and tobacco products will help keep your teeth and crowns white. If you already have crowns and want your teeth whitened, it’s important to speak to your dentist. They may recommend replacing your crowns so that they will match your teeth again once they have been whitened.

Can I Afford Dental Crowns?

If you’re interested in crowns, contact our dental office today. The cost of dental crowns will vary based on the materials chosen and number of crowns needed. If your dentist has recommended crowns for damaged or misshapen teeth, your dental insurance may cover some or all of the cost. We also offer a variety of payment options. We believe that fixing dental issues should always be an affordable and viable option.

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