Union Dental Center

Dental Crowns in Los Angeles, CA

What is a Dental Crown? Why Do I Need One?

Also called a “cap”, a dental crown is layer of material that covers the entire exposed top portion of a tooth. It strengthens and protects the tooth and is necessary when there is not enough tooth remaining to hold a filling properly. Crowns help to restore the function and appearance of teeth in a natural fashion.

They are also used to restore teeth that are cracked, fractured, or otherwise weakened. Crowns are also highly recommended after root canal therapy as such teeth become weak and more susceptible to fractures. They may also be used as an anchor for bridgework or to improve a bite. Many people also include them as part of their cosmetic dentistry treatments to change a tooth’s shape or color.

Types of Crowns

There are different types of crowns that achieve similar goals with various pros and cons. Except for Stainless Steel crowns, all crowns are custom-made for your teeth in terms of size, shape, bite, and appearance.

  • All Zirconia crowns are highly esthetic, very strong and can be used with both anterior and posterior teeth. Many patients prefer this type due to its strength and appearance.
  • All Porcelain crowns have the most natural look, but they can chip and break.
  • Porcelain Fused-to-Metal crowns are strong and can provide good esthetics. However, a metal border may be visible as gums recede, which occurs with age.
  • All Metal crowns will not break or chip because they are made of gold or metal alloys. They are reserved only for posterior teeth due to the fact that they are most obvious in appearance.
  • Stainless Steel crowns are pre-made, temporary caps, and thus, they are most commonly used for children

The Process

The crown procedure involves two visits. At the first appointment, you will be anesthetized, and we will remove decay, if any, and build up the missing portion of the tooth. The outer portion of the tooth will be carefully shaped to make room for the crown. An impression will be made and you will leave with a temporary crown in place. Your impression will be sent to the lab, and, in approximately two weeks, you will return for the second visit. The second appointment involves removing the temporary crown and if necessary, the adjustment of the crown to fit the tooth. We will take an x-ray to make sure the crown is sealed at the margins and then permanently cement the crown. This two-visit process permits the use of stronger more durable materials. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crown_(dentistry

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Frequently Asked Questions

With local anesthesia, there is no discomfort during the process; however, the area may feel sore or tender after the anesthesia wears off but usually will only lasts a couple of days, if at all.

With good oral hygiene and regular checkups they can last a lifetime.

No, it will be the same shape as your natural tooth and is carefully matched to the shade of the adjacent teeth.

Just daily brushing and flossing, and cleanings every 6 months at the office.

Meet Your Award-Winning Dentist

We have been serving the Los Angeles community for almost 40 years since 1980 and have treated over 200,000 patient visits. As a family-owned dental clinic, we care about each and every patient and strive for optimal outcomes for those we serve.

Our dentists collectively have over 90 years of experience and are graduates of USC and other leading dental schools. Our support staff have been a part of the Union Dental Center team for over 60 years, and thus you will always see a familiar face when you visit our clinic.

Union Dental Center: Experienced. Continuity. Family atmosphere.

We look forward to serving the community for an additional 40 years and more! 

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We Accept Your Dental Insurance

We’ll make the process of paying for your dental care as simple as possible! Our office accepts a wide variety of insurance plans, and we’re always happy to file your claim for you so that you can be sure to receive the maximum benefits available to you. Union Dental Center is in network with Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Cigna, Delta Dental, Guardian, MetLife, Principal Financial Group, United Concordia, United Healthcare and more! Call us today to find out how we can maximize your insurance plan!


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