Gateway Smiles & Implant Center

Dental Implant Specialists & General Dentists located in Rancho Bernardo, Poway, CA

Crowns are special caps often placed on damaged or discolored teeth to protect them from further decay. At Gateway Smiles & Implant Center, Dr. Azita Vakili and Dr. Meeve Chie routinely provide crowns for a variety of reasons, including to provide extra protection for teeth after root canal treatment. Crowns can also be used to cover a dental implant. If you’d like to learn more about crowns or find out if you need one, call or use the online booking tool and schedule an appointment at the Poway, California, office today.

Crowns Q &A

Gateway Smiles & Implant Center

What are crowns?

Dental crowns are porcelain-made caps that protect and restore the health of damaged teeth. They allow these teeth to be rebuilt and covered with materials that mimic nature. Not only are most “capped” teeth indecipherable from your natural teeth, but they’re also extremely secure and comfortable.

Your dentist may recommend a dental crown in the following situations:

  • Attach a bridge
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a discolored tooth
  • Cover a misshaped tooth
  • Cover a tooth that underwent root canal treatment
  • Protect a damaged tooth from fracturing
  • Replace a filling
  • Restore a fractured or chipped tooth

How do crowns work?

In some cases, the affected tooth must be reduced in size to allow for your new crown to fit. Your crown caps the damaged tooth to provide support and improve its appearance, alignment, or shape.

At many dental offices, getting a crown involves two visits. However, thanks to cutting-edge technology, dentists at Gateway Smiles & Implant Center can fit you with a crown in just one appointment.

After a gentle shaping of your tooth, a computer captures detailed images which provide crucial data used to design your new crown. Your dentist uses a software program to produce a crown milled from the finest porcelain available, within a few minutes. The porcelain can be customized to match the exact shade of your natural teeth.

Then they bond your new crown firmly into place, and you’ll be on your way. There is little to no downtime with the procedure.

How long do dental crowns last?

Your dental crown should last a lifetime. However, crowns can become loose or fall out. Most often this happens when you don’t practice good oral hygiene habits. The best way you can ensure that your crown lasts and keeps your capped tooth strong and healthy is to brush and floss regularly.

Also, pay attention to your oral health. Make sure to come in and see your dentist when problems arise and maintain regular visits for cleanings and routine preventive care. There’s no reason your crown shouldn’t last a very long time.

If you need a crown to restore or protect a damaged tooth, call or use the online booking tool today and schedule an appointment at the Poway, California, office.