When one tooth is worn down or damaged, it may be saved with a crown. Sometimes called a cap, dental crowns are custom made to cover the needed tooth and colored to blend with your natural teeth for an attractive finish. At LifeTime Smiles of OC in Santa Ana, CA, a crown can treat a large area of decay, strengthen a damaged tooth, hold together a crack, or mask discoloration. Highly skilled dentist Dr. Kareem Abraham creates dental crowns with high-quality porcelain. Make an appointment with Dr. Abraham to find out how a crown may repair or strengthen a damaged tooth while also boosting the total health of your mouth.
Dental Crowns Reviews
"Let me start by saying I am from NYC and have had my most previous dental work done in Manhattan. I was on vacation in SoCal and was referred to Dr. Kareem Abraham by a sibling that knew I was in need of 2 root canals and crowns. From beginning to end I was blown away by the genuine care and attention to detail from the entire staff. Dr. Abraham is so personable and warm and makes you feel at ease throughout your entire procedure. It's so hard to find honest people in any business, and Dr. Abraham stands above most. 2 dentists in NY were cut and dry in their decision to give me my 2nd root canal, while Dr. Abraham put my future interest and benefit first and was able to salvage my tooth. My experience was night and day different from any NY consultations and procedures I have had. Dr. Abraham really cares for his patients and the progression of his practice. Needless to say, I am unbelievably pleased with the result of my procedure and the care and follow up from Dr. Abraham himself. I will now be flying from NY to CA for any future dental procedures. Dr. Abraham is superb!"- S.T. / Google / Oct 16, 2017
"Lifetime Smiles of OC is the best! If you’re looking for a friendly, professional, knowledgeable, kind, and gentle dentist, look no further! Dr. Abraham is second to none, he keeps up with current procedures, products, education, and anything that makes going to the dentist easy for his patients. As a matter of fact, when you go there, you feel like family, not just a nameless person. Dr. Abraham is the BEST at giving shots, totally painless and he constantly checks to make sure you’re comfortable. I have a problem staying numb, he stops at the slightest raise of my hand and gives me more Novocain. He explains everything in great detail and makes sure I understand what he’s doing and why. He takes the fear out of going to the dentist, I actually look forward to seeing him and we talk about a common interest, food. Ana, Raquel, and Haley run the front office. As soon as you walk in, they greet you and ask how you’re doing. They’re so friendly, efficient and professional, they answer questions about insurance, appointments, services, and send out reminders for upcoming appointments. My husband usually has Saturday appointments, but if an opening for a late afternoon appointment is available they’ll call and see if he’d like to go in. Now that’s great service! Jon is an amazing hygienist, he’s so thorough and knowledgeable. I get my teeth cleaned every three months, he keeps me accountable and consistent with my dental health. About a year ago he noticed I had small cracks on some of my teeth, my bite was off and it was damaging my teeth. He recommended Invisalign, thank you Jon! I love my smile and my teeth are straight. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants straight teeth with getting braces, no one ever noticed I was wearing the Invisalign trays. Naomi and Ana are awesome dental assistants. They’re both very gentle, caring, nice, professional, and friendly. They work so well with Dr. Abraham and take great pride in doing a wonderful job. When they’ve make temporary crowns for me they’re so comfortable, it’s a shame they have to be removed. The office has been remodeled and is beautiful! They have a Keurig, a refrigerator with filled water bottles, and a play area for children. The dental area is super clean and well equipped. If it’s been awhile since you’ve been to the dentist, have no fear, you won’t be judged and you will be welcomed. They all genuinely care about your dental health, how to help you achieve and maintain healthy teeth."- N.A. / Google / Jun 18, 2019
Crowns may be wanted or needed for several different reasons. They may be placed to cover a weak, decaying tooth to prevent it from chipping or it may hold together a cracked tooth. Dental crowns may also fix a loose or worn-down tooth. They can be used to strengthen a tooth with a lot of decay that will not take a tooth-colored filling, serve as part of a dental bridge, or mask discolored or misshapen teeth. Crowns may be glued over your tooth or connected by an implant. The crown's material is selected with consideration to where it is being placed. Porcelain crowns are better for the visible teeth and customized to match the size, shape, and color of your teeth. In your consultation, Dr. Abraham will discuss your choices and help you decide on the best dental crown for your specific needs.
What To Expect
During your consultation, Dr. Abraham will take dental impressions so that your crown can be made to fit your tooth. In some cases, a temporary dental crown may be used to cover your tooth as your permanent crown is being crafted. As soon as your dental crown is made, the treatment area will be given a local numbing anesthetic. More sedation techniques may be used if you have dental anxieties or fears. When the anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Abraham will prep your tooth by cleaning away debris and decay, and then he will lightly file the enamel to create space for your dental crown. Your dental crown can be either glued to your tooth or connected to an implant. Once set, Dr. Abraham can adjust the crown's fit so it is comfortable.
Unless sedation was used, you will be able to leave our office once the procedure is complete and return to your normal daily activities. Dr. Abraham or a member of his team will provide instructions on how you should care for your crown, including any foods that should be avoided and proper cleaning methods. During your annual exams at LifeTime Smiles of OC, Dr. Abraham will evaluate your dental crown and adjust it to keep it comfortable. He will determine when your crown should be replaced; however, with the appropriate care, it may last for several years. If you have any issues with your crown (if it falls out or is loose), contact our office right away. Don't try to repair it or reattach it because this may cause an infection or bad fit.
Based on your dental insurance, part of your costs may be covered by your provider. Once we talk to your insurance, we will be able to better calculate your personal costs. At your consultation, Dr. Abraham will help you choose the best crown material that suits your needs and budget. He can also discuss payment methods along with financing to help make your procedure more affordable.
Plan Your Procedure
Frequently Asked Questions
What are Dental Crowns?
Think of a dental crown like a thimble on a thumb. Crowns are fixed restorations, permanently cemented, that are the original size and shape of a tooth. A crown requires two appointments. At the end of the first appointment, the goal is to take a 3D digital impression with our iTero scanner. We electronically send the scan to our local dental lab, where they make you a custom fitting crown. The second appointment the goal is to do any fine tune needed so that the crown fits with your bite, then we permanently cement the crown.
What are Dental Crowns made of?
There are many different types of dental crowns, but here at LifeTime Smiles we use almost exclusively Ceramic Zirconia. With Ceramic Zirconia you don’t have to compromise esthetics or strength. Our crowns are very natural looking and durable.
Are Dental Crowns Permanent?
Dental crowns are cemented permanently, but they do not last forever. Although they don’t last forever, there are things you can do to help the lifespan of your crowns. The most important thing you can do is keep your crowns clean by practicing excellent oral hygiene care at home and visiting your dental hygienist regularly.
When and why is a Dental Crown needed?
A dental crown is needed when there isn’t enough tooth structure left to do a traditional white filling. Whether the tooth fractured or had too much decay, a crown is a restoration that protects the tooth. Getting a filling when the tooth is too compromised isn’t recommended because your tooth would be vulnerable and could fracture under the gumline, which would lead to an extraction.
How should I care for my Dental Crowns?
You should care for you dental crowns as you would if it was a normal tooth. Leakage can happen, and when bacteria gets under the crown decay can form. Brush at least twice a day, rinse with mouthwash and floss around the crowns everyday. Coming in to get your teeth professionally cleaned, receive regular check-up radiographs and checked by the Dr. is essential.
Custom Dental Crowns
A damaged or missing tooth may be treated with a dental crown at LifeTime Smiles of OC. Talk to Dr. Abraham about how a dental crown can shield your tooth from continued harm and help to keep your mouth healthy. Offering porcelain crowns for your needs, a custom crown can be matched to blend with your teeth and keep your smile beautiful. Contact our team in Santa Ana, CA to make an appointment with dentist Dr. Abraham.
Dental Care and Oral Surgery in Santa Ana
If you have a need for oral surgery in Santa Ana, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kareem Abraham at LifeTime Smiles of OC.Read
Trust the Most Skilled Hands for Your Dental Crowns in Santa Ana
Dental crowns in Santa Ana are a viable alternative when other conventional treatments do not improve the appearance of discolored or fractured teeth.Read