Dental Crowns

If one of your teeth has been weakened by trauma or decay, our doctors can place a natural-looking cap over your tooth. Crowns are commonly placed following root canal therapy or immediately after the removal of extensive tooth decay. The restoration can prevent the need for tooth extraction.

Dental crowns are one of the most versatile restorative treatments we offer at Ocean View Dental Care. Within one to two weeks, you can be fitted with your all-ceramic, metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or zirconia crown. With proper care and maintenance, the prosthetic can easily last for 10 years or longer.

What can a Crown do for me?

Patients who have undergone an extensive restorative treatment are good candidates for receiving one or more crowns. To receive a crown for restorative or cosmetic reasons, there must be sufficient natural tooth structure remaining.

Candidates should also be willing to maintain their restoration by:

  • Avoiding chewing hard objects that could damage their crown
  • Maintaining good oral hygiene habits
  • Visiting our dental practice twice a year for regular cleanings and exams

Many of our patients who have experienced tooth loss are also candidates for receiving a crown and dental implant. Implants come with unique candidacy considerations. To receive one or more implants, patients must of sufficient jawbone density. During your consultation, one of our doctors will take x-rays or digital images to determine if you have adequate jawbone density to receive a dental implant. Many patients who have experienced jawbone atrophy can gain candidacy for implants by undergoing bone graft surgery.

Are you a candidate?

Crowns reinforce the natural structure of your tooth. The treatment offers many benefits. Once your custom crown has been placed, you can benefit from:

  • The prevention of tooth decay
  • A replacement for a missing tooth (when attached to a dental implant)
  • Treatment for a discolored or misshapen tooth
  • A secure attachment for a dental bridge
  • The prevention of a tooth extraction

Many of the materials used for fabricating crowns closely resemble the color and luster of natural teeth. Dental crowns also have the benefit of being very durable. Metal and zirconia crowns are particularly strong and suitable for replacing molars. If you are dissatisfied with a tooth that is crooked, small, misshapen, or discolored, one of our doctors can brighten your smile by covering your unattractive tooth with a custom crown.

How are Dental Crowns placed?

Crowns are placed through two visits to our dental practice. During your initial visit, one or more of your teeth will be “prepped.” This process requires the removal of part of your tooth’s natural structure in order to create room for the crown. Before your treatment begins, one of our doctors will use local anesthesia to numb the tooth. Our office also offers nitrous oxide and IV sedation.

Once you are comfortable, a special drill will be used to gently remove the outer portion of your tooth. An impression will then be made and you will be fitted with a temporary cap. One to two weeks later, your final crown will arrive at our office. During your second and final visit, one of our doctors will ensure that the crown is a perfect fit. Any minor adjustments can be made at that time. Once you and your doctor are satisfied with the appearance and fit of your crown, the prosthetic will be attached using a strong bonding agent.

There is no recovery time associated with this procedure, but some patients may experience heightened sensitivity in the days or weeks following their treatment. Any minor side effects will naturally resolve with time.

Schedule Your Dental Crown Consultation Today

If you are interested in finding out if you are a candidate for a dental crown, contact us online or call (949) 388-0780 today to set up your consultation. We look forward to restoring your smile.

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905 Calle Amanecer, Suite 265
San Clemente, CA 92673

(949) 388-0780