Dental Crown Santa Monica CA

Dental Crown An Overview

Dental crowns are custom-designed dental restorations commonly used with a dental implant to replace missing teeth. When combined with a dental implant, dental crowns mimic the natural tooth helping to support the long-term integrity of the bite. Dental crowns may also stabilize a tooth after a root canal treatment.

Benefits of Dental Crowns

  • Natural looking: Made of high-quality ceramic material, the dental crown mimics natural tooth material
  • Long lasting: Highly durable, as well as stain resistant, dental crowns can last for many years
  • Metal-free: do not cause discoloration along the gum like conventional metal dental caps

Made from high-quality porcelain, dental crowns look and function like a natural tooth. The dental crown material reflects light like real teeth, creating a highly realistic appearance. The dental crown will be custom designed to blend with your natural smile. Dr. Dall’Olmo’s natural eye for facial aesthetics helps him to create dental restorations that enhance the appearance and balance of the teeth and gums.

The Versatility of Dental Crowns

One of the reasons dental crowns are so useful is that they can treat a wide variety of restorative and cosmetic dental problems. When you have discolored teeth, professional teeth whitening is usually the solution. But not all tooth discoloration responds to traditional whitening techniques. We have to turn to other solutions. Dental crowns can match any shade of white that you desire. They also completely cover the tooth, so you won’t see any discoloration.

A common use for dental crowns is stabilizing the tooth. It’s the last restorative option to save your natural tooth before we have to resort to extraction. A crown keeps together a tooth that’s suffered severe breakage or decay. It keeps all of the parts of the tooth together.

Stabilization is also important when it comes to root canals. When we perform a root canal, we remove infected pulp and soft tissue from the middle of the tooth. We refill it with biocompatible material and seal it off. But sometimes, you don’t get back full function. A dental crown helps to ensure the tooth is sealed off from bacteria and ensures that you still have complete use of your tooth.

A misshapen or disfigured tooth can make you self-conscious, but it can also impact your speech or diet depending on where it’s located in the mouth. The same is true for a broken or chipped tooth. Sharp edges of a broken tooth can also cut the soft tissue in your mouth. If the break exposes dental nerves, anything brushing against them is going to cause pain. The crown completely protects the tooth. Each crown is made to be a functional size and shape for your smile.

Dental crowns are the most typical restoration to complete a dental implant. Each dental crown is custom-made. We ensure the size, shape, and shade are all perfectly matched to your smile so that it looks natural. An implant topped with a dental crown both looks and feels the most like your natural teeth.


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Dental Crown What to Expect

Dr. Dall’Olmo works with patients to design a treatment plan tailored to their personal dental health concerns. Dental crowns are used conservatively and only when necessary to address damage or complete a dental implant to replace missing teeth. Before we move forward with any treatment, we use a consultation and oral exam to ensure it’s the best option for you. We’ll discuss oral health goals, your medical history, and your budget.

A normal dental crown procedure takes two visits to our dentist office. First, we prepare your tooth for a dental crown. We fully numb the area around the affected tooth, so you’re comfortable throughout the procedure. We can also provide you with sedation options if you have dental anxiety so that you can stay relaxed during your appointment. If there are issues with tooth decay, we’ll remove it and clean the area.

A decent amount of tooth structure needs to be removed for a dental crown. The crown is like a cap that covers the entire tooth, so we must ensure it has enough room. We take dental impressions of the prepared tooth so a lab can custom-make your dental crown. We give them information so that the crown precisely matches the size, shape, and shade of the rest of your smile. A temporary crown may be placed until you get your final restoration.

When the crown is complete, you’ll return to our office for us to fit the crown. We’ll ensure that it fits comfortably and that there aren’t any gaps or issues with the placement. Once we’re happy with the fit and it’s positioned correctly, it’ll be permanently bonded to your tooth.

If a dental implant is a part of your dental treatment plan, a date will be scheduled for your surgical procedure. The dental implant will be placed in the jaw bone at the site of the missing tooth. The implant will take about 3-6 months to heal fully and to begin integrating with the jaw bone.

Once the dental implant is healed, the dental crown will be designed and fabricated. Dr. Dall’Almo will shape the crown and color-match the material to fit your natural smile. An abutment will be attached to the top of the implant to permanently anchor your final dental crown restoration.

Dental Crown FAQs

How long do dental crowns last?

Dental crowns can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years. But this can vary. Gold and porcelain crowns usually last between 5 and 10 years. Crowns made from composite resin may only last for 2 to 5 years. Most dental crowns can last longer if you take good care of them by brushing and flossing regularly, avoiding hard and sticky foods, and seeing your dentist for regular dental checkups.

Can a tooth crown be removed?

Yes. We recommend contacting your dentist for more information if you are considering removing a tooth crown. It is important to note that only a dental professional should remove a tooth crown.

Can a tooth crown fall out?

Yes, a tooth crown can fall out. However, this is rare. Several factors could contribute to a tooth crown falling out, such as gum disease or an injury to the mouth. If your tooth crown falls out, you should see your dentist as soon as possible so that they can replace it.

How long is a tooth crown procedure?

The duration of a tooth crown procedure can vary depending on the number of teeth being treated and the specific technique used. Typically, the procedure takes about two hours to complete. However, some patients may need to return for a second appointment to have the crowns placed. The first visit is to prepare the tooth and take an impression. The second visit is to put the crown in place.

How do I prepare for my tooth crown procedure?

It is important to arrive at your appointment with a clean mouth. Ensure you brush and floss your teeth before arriving at the dental office. You may also be asked to rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash. You should inform your dentist of any medications you’re taking, both prescription and over-the-counter. You may also be asked to stop taking certain medications on the days leading up to your appointment.

Is getting a tooth crown painful?

No, a tooth crown procedure is not painful. So you don’t feel pain during the procedure, your dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb your teeth and gums. After the numbness wears off, you may have some mild discomfort or sensitivity. The discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.

Dr. Fabrizio Dall'Olmo

Why choose Dr. Fabrizio Dall'Olmo and Associates?

Dr. Fabrizio Dall’Olmo is a leading Santa Monica CA dentist for the preservation of the your natural smile through Bio-Emulative dentistry. Founded in the biologic concepts associated with both periodontics and implants dentistry, Bio-Emulative dental care focuses on the long term maintenance of your natural oral structure, from the integrity of the teeth to healthy gum tissue.

We welcome patients and families seeking personalized, comprehensive oral health care that is based on respect, communication and education about how to maintain a healthy and beautiful smile. We also welcome patients that need other dental services that we offer.