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If you have a tooth that has suffered a large amount of decay, been damaged, lost a filling or is in need of cosmetic repair, your dentist might recommend a crown. This is essentially an artificial tooth that is placed over top of the root or abutment.

A crown can be made from different materials, depending on the tooth’s location and function in the mouth. Getting a crown requires two separate procedures.

During the first appointment, your dentist might take some X-rays of the tooth to help him get a better idea of the state of your enamel and the health of the root. If the pulp or root is infected, you might also need a root canal.

Your dentist will then remove some of the remaining enamel, leaving a stub or post referred to as an abutment. Dr. Jorge de la Osa will then take an impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. This includes the contours of your unique bite pattern. The abutment is covered with a temporary crown. The dentist then sends the impression to a dental lab where a new crown is made.

At your second appointment, the dentist will remove the temporary crown and cement the permanent crown in place. The dentist will then check to make sure the crown fits into your bite pattern or will make any minor adjustments.

If you have a fractured tooth, if you have lost a filling, or if you have questions about whether or not you should get a crown, please feel free to call us at 323.266.2120 to schedule an appointment.