Crown Specialist

Russell Coser, DDS -  - Cosmetic, Family, and General Dentistry

Dental Excellence of South Bay

Russell Coser, DDS

Cosmetic, Family, and General Dentistry located in Torrance, CA

Many men and women have dental crowns. In fact, an astounding 15 million Americans have crowns to replace missing teeth, reports the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. If you think you might need a crown, contact Russell Coser, DDS, and the experienced dentists at Dental Excellence of South Bay, or book an appointment online. Dental Excellence of South Bay is conveniently located near you in Torrance, California.

Crown Q & A

What is a crown?

A crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that's used to cover a damaged or weak tooth. It's shaped to look like the natural tooth and can enhance its strength and appearance. The crown acts as a protective covering, as it's fitted over the original tooth so that the visible portion of the tooth is encased. It's sealed in place with dental cement.

Do I need a crown?

There are a number of reasons Dental Excellence of South Bay's knowledgeable dentists might recommend a crown. A crown can cover a strangely-shaped or dark tooth, or a dental implant.

A crown can do more than improve the appearance of a tooth. It can protect and hold together a weak tooth. Crowns can strengthen teeth that are at risk of breaking or that have weakened as a result of large fillings.

Whether you need a crown to improve the look of your smile or the functionality of a tooth, a dental crown can safeguard teeth.

Which kind of crown is right for my teeth?

Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including:

  • Stainless steel
  • Gold or another alloy
  • Porcelain fused to metal
  • Resin
  • Ceramic

Different materials are used for different purposes. For instance, stainless steel is often used to make temporary crowns. Stainless steel crowns are often prefabricated and are a frequent choice for children who need crowns on baby teeth.

Metal crowns are sturdy and able to endure the impact of chewing and biting, but due to their color, they're commonly used on teeth in the rear of the mouth.

Porcelain fused to metal crowns are more aesthetically pleasing than stainless steel crowns, but they aren't perfect. For instance, the opposing teeth may suffer more wear and tear than they would with other types of crowns. The metal portion of the crown might also be visible as a dark line near the gums.

All-resin crowns are more affordable, which makes them an appealing choice for many patients, but they're also more prone to fractures. All-ceramic crowns are the best choice for men and women with metal allergies.

What should I expect when I get a crown?

Most of the time, a minimum of two visits are necessary for a dental crown procedure. During the first appointment, your Dental Excellence of South Bay professional will take X-rays to evaluate the condition of the tooth in question.

Next, your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and its surrounding tissue. The tooth will be filed down or built up so that the crown will fit properly and securely. After, the dentist will make an impression of your teeth, which will be sent to the dental lab and used to construct a custom crown. Your dentist will create a temporary crown to protect your tooth until the permanent crown can be placed.

Getting a dental crown can be a simple, easy process. To discuss your crown options, contact the experienced team at Dental Excellence of South Bay or make an appointment online.