Dental Crowns in La Jolla, CA

Are you looking for quality dental crowns in La Jolla, CA? Harmony Dental Group offers custom crown treatments that protect your teeth, restore function to your bite, and look attractive when you smile.

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We use cutting-edge materials and techniques to produce crowns with maximum longevity, which look, feel and function exactly like a natural teeth.

What are Dental Crowns?

Crowns—sometimes called “caps”—are protective restorations that cover the entire surface of your visible tooth structure. They’re used in instances where teeth are too worn or damaged to continue functioning normally. Or in instances where a smaller restoration, such as a filling, is inadequate.

When Are Dental Crowns Required?

Restorative crowns are typically needed in situations involving:

  • Structural damage, such as a chipped or broken tooth due to an injury.
  • Aggressive tooth decay involving a large area of the tooth.
  • Recently completed endodontic therapy (root canal treatment)
  • Severe tooth wear.
  • Misshaped, atypical, or severely discolored teeth.
  • On top of dental implants for single tooth replacement.
  • Replacing a large, old dental filling.

Benefits of Dental Crowns

  • Improved Oral Function: A fixed dental crown recreates your visible tooth surface, providing both function as well as cosmetic benefits for anyone with worn or broken teeth.
  • Enhanced Aesthetics: Advanced ceramic materials are crafted to look as natural as possible, blending in with the teeth on either side of your new crown.
  • Durable and Long Lasting: With the right home care, you can expect your dental crown to last up to 10-15 years.
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With a modern dental crown you can restore your smile and make you feel confident again!

The Dental Crown Process: What to Expect

Visit 1: Your Exam

During your evaluation, we will take a small X-ray of your tooth to determine the extent of damage or wear that’s present. At this time, we will discuss the best technique to restore your tooth, and if a dental crown may be one of your choices.

Visit 2: The Crown Prep

Our La Jolla dentist will numb your tooth and then make adjustments to the shape of your enamel, as well as remove any damaged tooth structures. From there, we will take an impression of the tooth and use a shade guide to match the appropriate materials needed for your permanent crown fabrication. We’ll place a temporary crown over the tooth while your permanent one is made in our lab.

Visit 3: Crown Placement

About two weeks after your preparation appointment, the permanent crown will be ready to install. You’ll return to our office to have the temporary crown removed and the permanent one bonded in place. We’ll check the final fit and make any adjustments if needed.

If you live in La Jolla schedule your appointment today so that you can learn more about dental crowns.

Caring for Your New Dental Crown

Dental crowns are extremely durable, but they require good oral hygiene to ensure they last as long as possible. Always plan to brush around your crown twice a day, and be sure to floss around the crown daily. Flossing will not remove a permanent crown. However, not flossing a crown could allow bacteria to accumulate around the margins of your restoration, leading to recurring tooth decay and crown failure. Be sure to plan a checkup and cleaning at Harmony Dental Group at least twice a year to have your dental work evaluated.  

Types of Dental Crowns

Depending on which tooth is being restored, dental crown materials may vary. For example, teeth in the front of your smile that are highly visible are best treated with porcelain or ceramic crowns, which are both durable as well as aesthetically attractive. On the other hand, we might recommend a precious metal crown for an upper back tooth due to the heavy biting forces it’s exposed to each day. Temporary crowns—such as those made out of resin or stainless steel—are used between visits to protect your tooth but aren’t appropriate for long-term restorative purposes.

Our La Jolla dentist will discuss each option with you so that you can play an active role in co-planning your smile reconstruction.

Cost of Dental Crowns in La Jolla, CA

The fee for a dental crown can vary significantly, depending on the type of materials being used and how many crowns you need, or if a tooth requires a build-up beforehand. Additionally, factors like insurance benefits can reduce the price of your new “cap.” Depending on your situation, the average fee can range between $500 to $2000 per tooth. To ensure clear pricing on all treatments, Harmony Dental Group provides complimentary treatment plans that outline all fees, estimated insurance benefits, and optional financing plans to every patient.

La Jolla Dental Crowns

If you have a damaged or severely decayed tooth, a dental crown may be the last opportunity to reinforce the healthy tooth structure that you have left. Find out if a dental crown is right for you. Call Harmony Dental Group in La Jolla, CA today to reserve a no-pressure dental crown appointment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long do dental crowns last?

On average, a well-maintained dental crown lasts at least 10-15 years. However, it’s not unheard of to have crowns last 20 years or more with good home care.

Why is my tooth sensitive after getting a dental crown?

As your tooth’s nerve responds to the enamel being reshaped during the crown preparation phase, it’s natural to experience some heightened sensitivity. Symptoms tend to be temporary, improving in a matter of days or weeks after your permanent crown is placed. If sensitivity persists, our La Jolla dentist may need to make adjustments to the way your crown bites against the opposing teeth.

Does it hurt to get a dental crown?

Getting a dental crown is just as comfortable as having a routine dental filling. To ensure a gentle process, we use numbing medications that desensitize your tooth before making any adjustments. Sedation is also available upon request. Some minor soreness at the injection site or in your jaw is to be expected.

Is there a chance my dental crown will fall off?

Temporary dental crowns are worn after the preparation appointment before your permanent crown is placed. These crowns may come off if you chew sticky food or floss around them. However, permanent crowns are securely fixed to your tooth and are safe to floss (but we do recommend avoiding sticky foods.) The only reason why a permanent crown may fall of is usually because of recurring decay around the tooth.

Definition of common dental crowns terminology

Dental restorations: Restorative dentistry focuses on repairing or replacing damaged or missing teeth.

Dental Implants: A dental implant is a small post, usually made of titanium, that serves as a substitute for the root of the tooth.

Root Canal: Root canal is a treatment to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth instead of removing it.

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The Harmony Dental Group Experience

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  • Friendly and Caring Staff
  • Affordable Financing Options
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Farnaz is the best, no doubt! I’ve been seeing her for at least 15 years and she’s always amazing and fun to be with. She’ll treat you more like a family member than just a customer. Her office is constantly keeping up with latest dental technology and innovations. Her experience is superb! She’s just a natural perfectionist when it comes to dental work. She’ll make sure you have a perfect smile any time you’re in her office. Her dental hygienist is awesome and very meticulous. Her staff are friendly, courteous and super helpful! 101% satisfaction guarantee!

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Dr. Farid is such a motherly dentist and very competent dentist! I had an excellent service with her and she explains well what needs to be done. I follow her advice. The Harmony Dental Group is LIT! GOAT! Dr. Amin is very nice human and accommodating with my dental questions. Their hygienist, Kimia, is very friendly. Berenise was very patient with me on explaining how much would my visit costs and on how much would the insurance can cover! Such a friendly dental team. I will go back. ^_^

Mac Kevin Braza
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My wife referred me to Dr. Farid. An old crown popped off over the weekend while I was flossing. I called the office Monday at 9am. Instantly made an appointment for that afternoon. Dr. Farid and her staff were friendly and accommodating. She did a quick x-ray and exam to make sure nothing else had broken.The crown was glued back in place during a relatively painfree procedure that only lasted about 10 minutes. Parking validated! Love Harmony Dental.

Rob Izenberg

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Helpful links: WebMD (Dental Crowns) | ADA (Glossary of Dental Terms)