Crowns in San Diego, CA

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Overview

A crown is like a suit of armor for your tooth. If one of your teeth is damaged or worn down, you can protect it with a dental crown. Sometimes called a cap, dental crowns are custom made to cover the tooth and colored to match your surrounding teeth for an attractive appearance. Crowns return your teeth to their original shape and bring back their full functionality. At Dental Express in San Diego, CA, we can use a crown to treat tooth decay, protect a damaged tooth, restore a crack, or cover discoloration. We also offer dental crowns with various materials to meet your needs, including porcelain, metal, and metal covered with porcelain. We can also perform an implant-retained crown procedure for long-term stability. Schedule an appointment with our team to learn how a crown may strengthen or repair a damaged tooth while improving your oral health.

Best Candidates

Dental crowns may be used in several different situations. They can be used to protect a weak, decaying tooth to keep it from breaking, or it may hold parts of a tooth together that have already cracked. Dental crowns may also be used to fix a tooth that is loose or extremely worn down. They can 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 misshapen or discolored teeth. Crowns can be glued to the tooth or connected by an implant. The crown's material is chosen based on several factors: the location of the tooth, the surrounding gum tissue, the tooth's color, and if the patient is partial to any specific material. Porcelain fused to metal (PFM), or metal is typically stronger making them better suited for the less visible teeth in the back. Ceramic or porcelain crowns are often selected for the front teeth and matched to your natural teeth' shape, size, and color. At your consultation, we will discuss your choices and help you choose the best crown type for your needs.

What To Expect

Crown treatments at Dental Express are typically completed in two appointments. At your consultation, we will take impressions of your teeth, so your crown is made to fit your tooth. If needed, we may provide you with a temporary crown to cover your tooth while your custom crown is being crafted. Your dental care professional will go over any dietary restrictions and at-home care requirements for your temporary crown at your initial visit. If we provide you with a temporary crown, the American Dental Association suggests avoiding gum and sticky foods while you wait for your crown to be made.

Once your custom crown is finished, we'll bring you back in for your second visit to complete the treatment. We start by administering a local numbing anesthetic to the specific area. More sedation techniques are available to help you feel more comfortable during the procedure if you have any fears or anxieties. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, one of our dentists will prepare your tooth by cleaning away any decay and then filing down the enamel to create room for your crown. The crown will be glued to your tooth or connected to an implant. Once set, we can adjust the crown's fit, so your bite is correct.

Recovery

Unless sedation was used, you should be able to leave once your crown is placed and continue your daily activities. One of our team members will discuss the best way to care for your crown, including foods to avoid and the best way to keep it clean. The ADA recommends avoiding hard candies, ice, and chewing on hard objects like pens or straws to help your crown last as long as possible.

During your exams at Dental Express, one of our dentists will assess your crown and adjust the fit for comfort. We will let you know when the crown needs to be replaced; however, it should last for several years with good care. If you have any trouble with your crown (if it becomes loose or falls out), call our office immediately. Do not try to fix the crown or reattach it since this may lead to an infection or a bad fit.

Insurance Coverage

Depending on your insurance coverage, some of your costs may be covered. After talking to your insurance, we can calculate your personal expenses. During your consultation, we will help you determine the material for your crown that best fits your needs and budget. We will also go over payment options along with medical financing to help make your procedure more affordable.

Top-notch dental care isn't our only specialty at Dental Express. Removing the financial barriers between you and better dental health is a skill we sharpen every day. We know how tricky budgeting for treatments like these can be, and we promise to de-stress your dental health journey to the best of our ability.

Custom Dental Crowns

If one of your teeth is looking a little worse for wear, give it a fresh suit of armor. We can repair a single missing or damaged tooth with a custom dental crown at Dental Express. Talk to someone from our team about how a dental crown can protect your tooth from further harm and keep your whole mouth healthy. With a wide variety of materials available, a custom crown can match your natural teeth to keep your smile beautiful. Contact our office in San Diego, CA, to schedule a consultation with one of our helpful dentists.

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