Dental Crowns (Cap, Single-Tooth Dental Restoration) – San Diego, CA*

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Overview

If one tooth 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. 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. In addition, we offer dental crowns with a variety of 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 find out how a crown may strengthen or repair a damaged tooth while also 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 the location of your tooth. Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) or metal is typically stronger so they are better suited for the less visible teeth in the back. Ceramic or porcelain crowns are often selected for the front teeth and matched to the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth. At your consult, we will discuss your choices and help you choose the best crown type for your needs.

What To Expect

At your consult, we will take impressions of your teeth so your crown is made to fit your tooth. If needed, a temporary crown may be used to cover your tooth while your custom crown is being crafted. Once your custom crown is made, we administer a local numbing anesthetic to the specific area. More sedation techniques may be 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, then file 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. A member from our team will discuss the best way to care for your crown, including foods to avoid and the best way to keep it clean. 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, with good care, it should last for several years. 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 consult, we will help you determine the best material for your crown that fits your needs and budget. We will also go over payment options along with medical financing to help make your procedure more affordable.

Custom Dental Crowns

A single missing or damaged tooth can be repaired 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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