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The Smile Artists -  - Cosmetic Dentistry

The Smile Artists

Cosmetic Dentistry & General Dentistry located in Culver City, CA

Dental crowns are common. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 15 million people in the United States have crowns put in place of missing teeth. The team of dental professionals at The Smile Artists in Culver City, California, is highly skilled in working with crowns, and she can explain all of your crown options. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone.

Crown Q & A

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is also called a "cap." It's placed on top of a damaged tooth. It's crafted to look like the original tooth and can improve its appearance and strength. The crown goes over the original tooth and is bonded into place, so the tooth is completely covered, from the gum line up.

Why would I need a crown?

The experienced dentists at The Smile Artists may suggest a crown for many reasons. A crown can cover a dark or misshapen tooth or a dental implant.

In addition to making a natural tooth look better, a crown can provide support to a tooth. Crowns can strengthen teeth that have been weakened by excessively large fillings or that are in danger of breaking.

Many patients are great candidates for dental crowns, for both cosmetic and restorative reasons. Whether you need a crown to fix the appearance of a tooth or strengthen a weak tooth, a dental crown can protect teeth for years to come.

What is a CEREC® crown?

While there are many different materials traditionally used for crowns, including stainless steel and gold, CEREC crowns are the latest in dental technology. Unlike other types of crowns, CEREC crowns are simple to apply and do not require more than one office visit.

CEREC crowns are made of high-quality ceramic that is matched to your natural tooth color. Unlike gold or platinum crowns, CEREC crowns look like your normal teeth while providing top-notch protection and durability.

After an oral exam, your dentist can determine whether or not CEREC crowns are a good option for your teeth. With digital imaging, your CEREC crowns can be created and applied to your teeth in just one visit to The Smile Artists.

What are the steps in a crowning procedure?

Unless you opt for CEREC, dental crown procedures generally require at least two visits to the dentist. The first visit will include X-rays so that your dental professional can assess the health of the tooth that requires the crown.

Next, your dental dentist will build up or file down the original tooth so that the crown will attach securely. After the tooth is prepared, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth, which a lab will use to manufacture the crown. Your dentist will then create a temporary crown to protect your tooth until the permanent crown can be placed. On your second visit, you’ll get your permanent crown.

If you want to learn more about dental crowns or CEREC technology, contact the experienced professionals at The Smile Artists or make an appointment online.