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.
Dental crowns are custom-fitted covers for your teeth. Crowns serve several purposes including:
Crowns encase your tooth, and Dr. Shahriari attaches them with dental cement to ensure long-term stability.
Crown materials include:
Porcelain crowns are a popular choice because they match well with the natural shade of your teeth. Porcelain crowns are very strong and durable.
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 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.
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.
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.