When a 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 Ron Barry, D.M.D. in Del Mar, CA, a crown can treat tooth decay, strengthen a damaged tooth, hold together a crack, or mask discoloration. Seasoned dentist Dr. Ron Barry creates custom crowns with a choice of materials to meet your goals, including metal, porcelain, and metal covered with porcelain. Make an appointment with Dr. Barry to find out how a custom dental crown may repair or strengthen a damaged tooth while also enhancing the total appearance and health of your mouth.
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A crown may be wanted or needed for several different reasons. They can be placed to cover a decaying tooth to prevent it from chipping or it can hold together an already cracked tooth. Dental crowns can also cover a worn-down or loose tooth. They may 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 hide discolored or misshapen teeth. Crowns may be glued over your tooth or connected by an implant. The crown's material is chosen with consideration to where it is being placed. Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) or metal are usually stronger, which makes them better suited for the less visible molars and pre-molars. Ceramic or porcelain crowns are often selected for the visible teeth and custom made to match the size, shape, and color of your teeth. In your consult, Dr. Barry will explain your choices and help you choose the best dental crown for your budget and needs.
What To Expect
At your consult, Dr. Barry will get dental impressions so 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 custom crown is made, the treatment area will be given a local numbing anesthetic. Stronger sedation techniques may be used to soothe any fears or anxieties. When the anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Barry will prep your tooth by cleaning away any decay, then 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. Barry 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 done and continue your daily activities. Dr. Barry or a member of our team will teach you how to care for your dental crown, including any foods that should be avoided and cleaning. During your yearly examinations at Ron Barry, D.M.D., Dr. Barry will evaluate your dental crown and adjust it to keep it comfortable. He will tell you when your crown should be replaced; however, with good care, it may last for several years. If you notice any trouble with your crown (if it falls out or is loose), call our office immediately. Don't try to repair it or reattach it because this may cause an infection or bad fit.
Based on your insurance coverage, a portion of your costs may be paid. After contacting your insurance carrier, we can calculate your remaining costs. At your consult, Dr. Barry will help you select the best crown material that suits your needs and budget. He can also talk about payment methods along with financing to help make your procedure affordable.
Plan Your Procedure
Custom Dental Crowns
A damaged or missing tooth may be repaired with a custom crown at Ron Barry, D.M.D. Talk to Dr. Barry about how a dental crown can shield your tooth from continued harm and help to keep your other teeth healthy. Offering different materials for your needs, a customized crown can be matched to blend with your teeth for a beautiful smile. Contact our team in Del Mar, CA to make an appointment with Dr. Barry.