If you experience a blow to the mouth or develop a deep cavity, crowns can limit the pain, reduce the risk of additional complications, and prevent the need for an extraction. At her Los Angeles area practice, Caroline Malakuti, DDS, DMD, uses crowns to repair damaged and decaying teeth. To make an appointment at the practice in Beverly Hills, California, call the office today or book online.
A dental crown is a cap that repairs a damaged or decaying tooth. Once placed, a crown restores your tooth to its near-original strength and shape, making it easier to bite and chew.
Dr. Malakuti uses crowns to:
You might also benefit from a crown if you need root canal therapy.
Dr. Malakuti offers several types of crowns, including:
ZirCeram crowns are made from several layers of high-quality ceramics. Their unique design and manufacturing process results in dental crowns that look nearly identical to your natural teeth. ZirCeram crowns are incredibly tough and can last for more than a decade with good oral hygiene.
Zirconia crowns are made of zirconium dioxide. They’re milled from a single block of ceramic, resulting in restorations that are tough yet comfortable. Zirconia crowns mimic your natural tooth enamel, allowing them to blend in with your remaining healthy teeth.
Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) crowns have an interior made of metal alloy and a ceramic, tooth-colored exterior. These crowns offer the same strength and durability as traditional metal amalgam crowns but blend in with your smile.
Getting crowns takes two appointments.
Before recommending a crown, Dr. Malakuti conducts an oral exam and reviews your dental health history. If she uncovers any decay or damage to your enamel, Dr. Malakuti administers a local anesthetic. Next, she carefully removes the decay and takes impressions of your tooth.
Dr. Malakuti sends your impressions to a dental laboratory. Techs at the laboratory use your impressions to design and manufacture a zirconia, PFM, or ZirCeram crown.
When your permanent crown is ready, you return to the office. Dr. Malakuti administers a local anesthetic, bonds your permanent crown in place, and provides care instructions.
Crowns last between 12-15 years*, but you can extend their lifespan with good oral hygiene. Dr. Malakuti recommends:
If you play contact sports or grind your teeth, consider wearing a mouthguard or a night guard.
To learn more about the benefits of crowns, make an appointment at the practice of Caroline Malakuti, DDS, DMD, by booking online or calling the office today.
*Individual results may vary.