Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry located in Koreatown, Los Angeles, CA
If your tooth gets damaged or badly infected, crowns are an excellent restoration choice. Nobel Dental in the Koreatown area of Los Angeles, California, is an all-digital practice that makes the crown process smooth and easy with state-of-the-art technology. Book your appointment with experienced dentist Abraham Nobel, DDS, MPH, by calling or using the online scheduler today.
What are crowns?
Crowns are tooth restorations. They’re often referred to as caps because they cover the whole tooth, protecting it from all sides.
Sometimes crowns replace missing teeth, as with a dental implant. Another tooth replacement option that includes crowns is a bridge, which has a tooth replacement with two crowns on the sides for stability.
Nobel Dental uses a variety of crown materials, including:
- Ceramic, which offers a natural appearance for front teeth
- Metal, which is highly durable, for back teeth
- Ceramic on metal, which is natural looking with superior durability for any tooth
The Nobel Dental team can help you choose the ideal crown material based on its placement and your personal preferences.
When do I need a crown?
The Nobel Dental team may recommend a crown in the following situations:
- Cracked tooth
- Broken tooth
- Chipped tooth
- Worn-down tooth
- Severe tooth decay
If your tooth is seriously damaged, a crown is often the best method of preserving it instead of having an extraction and replacement.
Do I need my teeth whitened before getting a crown?
Crowns don’t stain, nor do they respond to teeth whitening, so it’s important to make sure that your natural teeth are your desired shade of white before your dentist chooses the crown color.
With teeth whitening prior to crown placement, you can ensure a white, natural-looking smile so your crown doesn’t stand out from your other teeth.
What is the process of getting a crown?
Nobel Dental uses a high-tech digital scanner — the 3Shape TRIOS® — to capture detailed video images of your whole jaw. Your dentist uses these images to determine exact measurements and proper placement for your crown. This is a quick process with a handheld device, so there’s no messy putty mold to bite down on.
After removing a small amount of enamel to prep your tooth, your dentist places a temporary crown using dental cement. The Nobel Dental team usually recommends taking a day or two off of work after this appointment because you might have increased tooth sensitivity for a brief time.
After about two weeks, your permanent crown is ready. Your dentist removes the temporary crown and carefully positions the permanent one.
A crown is like getting a brand new tooth to end your pain, chewing issues, and other prob