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A crown can be used to treat and repair a wide variety of dental problems. One of the most common uses for a crown is to replace the enamel layer of a tooth that has been compromised by a large area of decay or a large, lost filling.

A crown is intended to protect the healthy interior structures of the tooth while restoring its full function and appearance. They are typically made from porcelain, gold or other metal alloys. The material our dentist recommends for your crown will be determined by the tooth’s primary function in your mouth and how apparent it is in your smile.

It typically requires two separate appointments with Dr. Chris A. Gipe to fully restore a tooth with a crown. During the first appointment, the dentist will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel from the tooth to create an abutment. This healthy core of the tooth contains the dentin, pulp, and root.

Your dentist will then make an impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth. This is sent to a dental lab where your permanent crown is made.

We will call you back for the second appointment when the crown is ready. The temporary crown will be removed and your new permanent crown will be cemented atop the abutment.

If you have a seriously decayed tooth, you should call Preferred Dental Care’s clinic in Los Alamitos, California at 562-431-1349 to have it treated and repaired.