What is a tooth crown?

A tooth crown, also known as a dental crown, is a cosmetic dental cap that covers and protects the visible surface part of your natural tooth, known as the clinical crown.

Types of Tooth Crowns

You have multiple options for dental crowns that look like your natural teeth and function just like your real teeth.

Zirconia Tooth Crowns

Zirconia dental crowns are the most recommended type of dental crowns by Riverside Cosmetic Dentist – Dr. Ali Shmara. Zirconia tooth crowns provide tooth strength, durable protection, and a beautiful natural looking appearance.


Porcelain Tooth Crowns

Porcelain crowns provide a natural looking appearance and can be matched to the color of your teeth. We recommend porcelain crowns for patients who are searching for a natural aesthetic dental treatment in their front teeth.


Porcelain Fused to Metal (PFM) Tooth Crowns

PFM crowns are made from porcelain fused to metal. Dr. Ali Shmara recommends these dental crowns for your back teeth.

Metal Tooth Crowns

Metal crowns are made from gold or silver colored alloys. This type of dental crown does not blend in with your natural teeth however these caps are durable and long lasting.

Who is eligible for a tooth crown?

At Riverside Cosmetic Dentist – Dr. Ali Shmara we might recommend getting a tooth crown for different reasons such as:
  • To protect a decayed or damaged tooth
  • To cover a tooth mostly covered with a filling
  • To secure a dental bridge
  • To cap a discolored or misshapen tooth
  • To protect a dental implant
  • To cover a tooth that’s undergone a root canal

What to Expect Before a Dental Crown Procedure

First, schedule your exam and evaluation with Riverside Cosmetic Dentist – Dr. Ali Shmara.

Dr. Ali Shmara will examine your tooth and discuss your bite, your gum tissue, and your crown options.

Once you determine which dental crown is the best fit for you, Dr. Ali Shmara will shape and prepare your tooth to make space for the crown to fit properly.


What to Expect During the Dental Crown Procedure

The first step during the dental crown procedure is local anesthesia.

Before Dr. Ali Shmara installs your permanent dental crown, you will receive a temporary crown to protect your prepared tooth.

Once your permanent crown has been created, Dr. Ali Shmara will assess the fit and appearance of the dental crown before permanently cementing it.


What to Expect After the Dental Crown Procedure

The recovery process after a dental crown procedure is a few days.

Your teeth will most likely feel different after the procedure but this is normal and your tooth should feel natural after a few days. Your dental crown should function like a healthy tooth.

Dr. Ali Shmara recommends that you avoid biting hard surfaces to prevent the crown from cracking.

If I get tooth crowns, do I require crown lengthening?

In some cases, crown lengthening might be required during the dental crown procedure. Dr. Ali Shmara might recommend crown lengthening if the visible part of your tooth does not have sufficient space for the dental crown installation.


What is crown lengthening?

Crown lengthening is the process of shaving down your tooth bone in order to release more of your tooth beyond the gum.

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