Instead of performing an extraction, Dr. Kuan and Dr. Lam are more than happy to provide dental crowns for patients needing to restore damaged teeth, bringing back their fullest function and appearance. Not only are our dental crowns personalized and customized to your exact needs, but they will last for many years, ensuring you can smile and eat many of your favorite foods with confidence. To get started, simply call our office and we’ll get you scheduled for an appointment!
Dental crowns are customized restorations designed to fit over damaged teeth. Often referred to as “caps”, dental crowns are an incredibly versatile treatment that works to solve many problems at once. Whether your tooth is damaged as a result of decay or injury, you need a dental implant covered to complete your smile, or you have cosmetic imperfections that make showing your teeth difficult, dental crowns are one of the best ways to get the job done.
During your detailed and comprehensive oral exam, our dentists will be able to confirm if you need to have a dental crown placed in order to protect your oral health and prevent future complications. For example, we often replace dental fillings when they are not effectively protecting a tooth, which is the case when a filling takes up two-thirds or more of a tooth’s natural structure. Additionally, a crown is placed following a root canal, which involves creating a hole in the top portion of the tooth in order to access the inner area where the pulp lies. Chances are if you have a tooth that is significantly damaged in some way, a crown will be able to restore it.
During the actual treatment, we remove the issue that damaged your tooth in the first place (ex. tooth decay), then begin modifying the tooth structure so that it can effectively hold a dental crown later. After creating impressions of your damaged tooth, we’ll send these impressions to an offsite dental lab. There, your permanent crown will be created. Since this process takes one to two weeks to complete, you’ll wear a temporary crown for the time being, then come back to our office to have the temporary crown removed and the permanent crown placed.
Dental crowns don’t only prevent the need for an extraction. In fact, they are fully capable of: