Farshin Farokhian, DDS
Cosmetic Dentist & General Dentist located in Hillcrest, San Diego, CA
When you have teeth that are weak, damaged, discolored, or misshapen, dental crowns can restore their function and appearance. You can get crowns that match your natural teeth as closely as possible, which has the added benefit of enhancing your smile. Farshin Farokhian, DDS, offers dental crowns for patients in the Hillcrest area of San Diego, California, who have damaged teeth or cosmetic flaws.
Dental Crowns Q & A
What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are caps that cover teeth and improve their appearance, size, and shape. These caps can also make teeth stronger, which helps lower the risk of injuries or damage. A dental crown covers the whole visible part of your tooth.
When do I need dental crowns?
Dr. Farokhian may recommend dental crowns if you have any of the following problems with one or more teeth:
- Severe stains or discolorations that don’t improve with teeth whitening
- Misshapen teeth
- Broken, cracked, or eroded tooth
- Weakened tooth that might break or fall apart
- Teeth with fillings that are large enough to take up most of the tooth
- Dental bridge that needs to be held in place
- Dental implants
What kinds of dental crowns are there?
Dental crowns are made from different materials, including porcelain, resin, gold alloy and other metals, and ceramic.
Metal crowns are typically stronger than other materials, but they’re also more visible. Ceramic and porcelain match the appearance of your other teeth closely, although they’re not as durable as metal crowns. Resin crowns are a cost-effective option, but they tend to chip or break more easily than metal, porcelain, and ceramic.
Dr. Farokhian will recommend the type of dental crowns that would work best for you depending on factors such as the reason you need crowns, which teeth need crowns, and cost.
What can I expect when I get dental crowns?
When you get a dental crown, Dr. Farokhian first removes part of your enamel to make sure that your crown will fit securely. The amount you’ll need to have removed depends on the type of crown you’re getting.
Next, he’ll make an impression of your tooth, which he sends to a lab to have your permanent crown made. Since this can take a few weeks, Dr. Farokhian will provide you with a temporary crown to protect your tooth until your permanent crown is ready. When your permanent crown is ready, he’ll secure it to your tooth using cement.
How long do dental crowns last?
It depends on the material your crown is made from, but in general, dental crowns usually last at least five years or more. Your dental crowns don’t need any special care, although you still need regular brushing and routine dental care to prevent decay.
If you need dental crowns, please contact Farshin Farokhian, DDS, to set up an appointment.