At the dental practice of Derek M. Lichter, DDS, Inc., we offer dental crowns to restore your tooth’s shape, size, and strength and also improve its appearance.

A dental crown in Chula Vista, California, is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over the entire surface of your tooth to improve its health and condition. It is a great restoration if you need to:

  • Protect a weak tooth from breaking
  • Hold a tooth together after it has been cracked
  • Restore a broken tooth
  • Rejuvenate a tooth that has been worn down
  • Support a tooth that has a large filling
  • Hold a dental bridge in place
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Make a cosmetic alteration
  • Save a tooth that has been extremely damaged by decay
  • Protect a child’s tooth

The process involved in placing the crown will first begin with your dentist numbing the tooth and surrounding area with a local anesthetic. Then, he will slightly shave the surfaces of your tooth to provide room for the crown. Your dentist will then make impressions of your teeth and will send them to a dental lab where your crown will be created. Between your first and second visits, you will be given a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready. While you wait, we ask that you avoid eating chewy and sticky foods, that you chew on the other side of your mouth, and that you avoid chewing hard foods. When your crown is ready, you will come back to our office and your dentist will permanently cement it over your tooth.

If you would like to learn whether a dental crown is right for your smile, we welcome you to contact our office today.