Smile Haus is proud to provide dental crowns in West Hills, CA. Call 818-348-6068 to learn more or schedule your appointment.
For a tooth that is too badly damaged for a simple filling, a dental crown may be the best choice. A crown can hold together the remaining tooth structure, sealing and protecting the tooth from further damage while providing a strong, durable, highly aesthetic restoration that looks and functions like a natural tooth.
We are partnered with a world class dental lab near our office. We strongly believe that lab-created crowns are superior in quality to crowns milled in-house, and professionals from the lab are available to visit with you chairside if needed.
What to Expect from a Dental Crown
At your first appointment, we will take dental impressions of your teeth and analyze your bite (the way your teeth fit together). We will then carefully clean out all traces of damage and decay from your tooth and prepare it to receive the crown. We will then take final impressions of your prepared tooth and place a temporary crown.
When your new custom crown is ready, you will have a second appointment. We will remove the temporary crown and carefully fit the new crown onto your tooth. When it is perfect, we will use dental cement to bond it to your tooth. With proper care, your new crown can last for many years.
There are four common types of crowns:
Ceramic crowns are our preference, as they are the most aesthetic. These strong, durable crowns are made of top-quality dental porcelain that is color-matched to the existing teeth. Your new crown will be virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Porcelain Fused to Metal
If a bit of extra structure is desired, such as for teeth that must withstand biting and chewing, porcelain fused to metal crowns are a useful option. They can be color-matched to the adjacent teeth, but the metal frame may create a dark line along the gums. This means that they are not the best choice for front teeth.
Gold alloy crowns are nearly impossible to chip or break, making them a great choice for back teeth in patients who tend to grind their teeth. For aesthetic reasons, though, they are only placed on front teeth at the patient’s request.
Base Metal Alloys
Unattractive but highly corrosion resistant and durable, base metal alloy crowns may be the right choice for heavily damaged back teeth.