Dental Crowns in Thousand Oaks
Living with a damaged or decayed tooth can be painful and unsightly. A dental crown is a natural-looking prosthetic that covers an impaired tooth to restore its natural appearance. Once the crown is cemented to your tooth, it functions just like any other healthy tooth.
Dr. Siddappa may recommend a dental crown for a variety of reasons, including:
- To protect a weakened tooth
- To cover a severely decayed tooth
- To restore a broken or discolored tooth
- To improve the appearance of a misshaped tooth
- To complete a root canal treatment or dental implant procedure
Types of Dental Crowns
Depending on your smile goals,Dr. Siddappa can pick a dental crown that will meet your needs. There are a variety to choose from, including:
- Ceramic or porcelain crowns will completely match the color of your teeth for a discreet appearance and work very well for patients who may have allergies to metal. Most people choose this approach when they want their teeth to still look natural.
- Zirconia crowns are made from a highly durable metal called zirconium dioxide. Zirconia crowns combine the natural look of ceramic and porcelain crowns with the strength of metal crowns.
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are very durable and Dr. Saddappa can match them to your natural teeth. However, the crowns have a dark line at the gumline which some people find aesthetically unappealing for front teeth. As a result, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns may be more suitable for posterior teeth.
- All-metal crowns are the most durable option for covering damaged teeth.
However, this option is the most durable of them all at the cost of aesthetic appearance. The metal material has a silver appearance that won’t match your teeth
Dental Crowns in Two Visits
Dental crown treatments consist of two appointments to prepare the tooth and allow time for the lab to craft a new crown. Here are the steps for the dental crown procedure:
- An X-ray will be taken and your tooth will be numbed
- Dr. Siddappa will prepare your tooth by shaving off the outer enamel to make room for the new crown
- An impression of your tooth will be made and a temporary crown will be placed over your tooth
- A specialized lab will mill your tooth
- During your second visit, we’ll cement your crown to your tooth
Restore the Appearance of Your Tooth With a Crown
Dental crowns can improve the appearance and functionality of your damaged tooth in just two appointments. Dr. Siddappa has the knowledge and expertise to match and shape a crown that seamlessly adds to the contour of your teeth. Contact our office by calling(805) 241-5353 and see how dental crowns can benefit the aesthetic of your smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do dental crowns last?
With proper care, crowns typically last between 5 to 15 years. To get the most out of your dental crown, you’ll want to brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, and rinse between meals. In addition to following a regular oral hygiene routine, you’ll want to schedule biannual checkups and professional cleanings at our Thousand Oaks locations.
While permanent crowns require the same maintenance as natural teeth, temporary crowns require extra care to ensure they last until you receive your permanent restoration. With a temporary crown, you’ll want to:
- Avoid sticky, chewy, and hard foods
- Chew on the opposite side of your mouth
- Be careful when flossing
Can teeth decay under a crown?
Yes! If you notice that a crowned tooth becomes gray or brown, this may indicate that your tooth is decaying and you’ll need to call our office immediately to schedule an appointment. Early intervention is key to a successful outcome. Other signs that may indicate that your tooth is decaying include:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Bleeding when brushing or flossing
- Red or inflamed gums
Can a crown be removed and put back on?
In order to remove a crown, it has to be cut into sections so it can’t be used again. In addition, crowns are adhered to teeth using cement, making it nearly impossible to salvage the used crown. Depending on the reasoning for the removal, your tooth will be prepared for a new crown after the old one is removed.
How do you tell if a crown isn’t fitted properly?
There are some obvious signs that indicate that a crown isn’t fitted properly, including:
- Your bite doesn’t line up
- Food is getting stuck around the crown
- It’s loose
- There’s pressure on adjacent teeth
- Red, swollen gums
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s vital that you contact our office right away by calling(805) 241-5353 so that we can adjust your crown to the proper fit. It’s important not to attempt to fix it on your own, as this typically causes more problems and can damage the restoration.