Crown Specialist

Lodi Healthy Smiles

Gladys Cruz, DDS

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Lodi, CA

Millions of Americans opt for dental crowns to repair and restore damaged or discolored teeth. The team at Lodi Healthy Smiles in Lodi, California, provides crowns, which are protective caps that can be used to enhance the look, feel, and function of teeth. Each crown is custom-made to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your natural teeth. To learn more about crowns, call the office or book a consultation online today.

Crown Q & A

What are crowns? 

Crowns are protective caps that the team at Lodi Healthy Smiles offers to protect and restore damaged teeth. They’re tooth-colored and match the look, feel, and function of natural teeth. 

Crowns can be used for a variety of purposes, including: 

  • Protecting teeth that have undergone a root canal
  • Protecting a tooth susceptible to fracture
  • Restoring cracked, chipped, or discolored teeth
  • Replacing missing teeth
  • Correcting a badly shaped tooth

Crowns can be made of different materials, but popular options include porcelain and porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns due to their natural look.  

How does the procedure for a crown work? 

Typically, it takes at least two in-office visits with your dentist at Lodi Healthy Smiles to complete the dental crown process. 

At your first visit, your dentist will take detailed impressions of your teeth. The team then sends the impressions to an outside dental lab that custom-produces your new dental crown. 

This process typically takes approximately two weeks. The lab makes each crown according to the shade, shape, and size specifications of your Lodi Healthy Smiles dentist. 

Then, once it’s ready, you come back for your permanent crown fitting. Your dentist makes sure it fits properly then uses a special bonding adhesive to permanently affix your crown. 

Your crown will feel just like a natural tooth. There may be an adjustment period of a few days during which the restoration feels a bit foreign, but that should subside quickly. 

What are the benefits of crowns? 

Crowns are versatile restorations that strengthen teeth, restore them to their natural shape, shade, and size. Best of all, the process of getting a dental crown doesn’t require complex oral surgery. 

They’re also highly durable, so you can continue eating your favorite foods and not worry about cracking or chipping the crown. 

Since porcelain and porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are so natural-looking, they also enhance your appearance dramatically, especially if your tooth was severely damaged or discolored prior to getting a crown. 

How long do crowns last? 

As long as you maintain excellent oral hygiene, crowns can last up to 15 years, if not more. The most important thing to remember is you need to continue brushing and flossing as you would with natural teeth. 

Keeping your crown clean and healthy is the best way to ensure it lasts a long time. If you’d like to schedule a consultation and learn more about crowns, call the Lodi Healthy Smiles office or book an appointment online today.