Crowns Specialist

Homa Shahriari, DDS -  - General, Cosmetic and Family Dentist

Mirror Cosmetic Dentistry

Homa Shahriari, DDS

General, Cosmetic and Family Dentist located in Northridge, CA & Encino, CA

A crown protects a tooth when it’s cracked or damaged in some other way. It can also cover the tooth safely after root canal therapy. Homa Shahriari, DDS creates custom crowns for her Mirror Cosmetic Dentistry patients to ensure a perfect fit and excellent longevity. People in and around Northridge, California can arrange a visit with Dr. Shahriari at one of her two locations by using the online form or by phone.

Crowns Q & A

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are custom-fitted covers for your teeth. Crowns serve several purposes including:

  • Enhancing appearance
  • Restoring a tooth that's worn down
  • Protecting a tooth after root canal therapy
  • Protecting a cracked or chipped tooth
  • Covering a metal dental implant

Crowns encase your tooth, and Dr. Shahriari attaches them with dental cement to ensure long-term stability.

What are crowns made of?

Crown materials include:

Porcelain

Porcelain crowns are a popular choice because they match well with the natural shade of your teeth. Porcelain crowns are very strong and durable. 

Metal

Options for metal crowns include gold, gold alloys, and base metal alloys. Metal is extremely strong, so strong that it’s nearly impossible to damage. However, metal crowns aren't as popular as porcelain because they're very noticeable, while the porcelain crowns blend in.

Porcelain Fused

Porcelain fused crowns include a metal base fused to a porcelain top. This type of crown can give you the best of both porcelain and metal crowns at the same time. They're more expensive, but they provide both durability and beauty.

How does the crown process work? 

You'll typically see Dr. Shahriari twice for dental crowns. During the first visit, she shapes the tooth, removing a small amount of enamel. This allows for the best possible crown fit. Dr. Shahriari also makes an impression of your tooth to use in the fabrication of your new crown.

When your new crown is ready, you return for a short appointment. Dr. Shahriari ensures the crown’s fit and then uses dental cement to set it in place permanently.

How long will my crown last?

Most dental crowns last for many years. On average, crowns last a decade or more. Some patients have their original crowns much longer.

You can increase the lifespan of your crowns by:

  • Brushing and flossing every day

  • Seeing Dr. Shahriari for checkups as scheduled

  • Avoiding chewing ice

  • Avoiding using your teeth to open packages

  • Using a mouthguard at night if you grind your teeth

Want to find out whether crowns can help with your dental issues? Make an appointment online now or call Mirror Cosmetic Dentistry soon to find out.

 

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