Do I Need a Crown?

West Hollywood Porcelain crowns
Crowns are sometimes referred to as “caps,” as they cover your entire tooth like a miniature helmet up to the gumlines. Their design is to protect your tooth against the everyday wear and tear of food, bacteria, and pressures placed against them.
A crown will help extend the lifespan of teeth affected by:

  • Large cavities
  • Old, failing fillings
  • Root canal therapy
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Cracks or fractures
  • Irregular anatomy

Why Can’t I Just Fill the Tooth?

A filling is similar to a patch, that “fills” the damaged section of a tooth. If you have a small hole or cavity, a filling is the most appropriate option. But once that hole becomes large enough to involve a significant portion of the tooth, a thin shell of enamel won’t be able to hold it and withstand biting or chewing at the same time. The result would be a cracked tooth that just needs to be pulled.

At What Point Should a Tooth be Crowned?

Our dentist in West Hollywood will thoroughly examine your tooth to assess signs of decay, fractures, or wear. We will also take an x-ray to see inside of the tooth, which isn’t visible to the naked eye. Based on how much damage is present, our dentist will make a call as to whether the tooth can be filled or will need a crown.

Porcelain Crowns Enhance Function and Aesthetics

At OF Dental Care, we closely match the porcelain so that it mimics the shade and hue of the teeth around it. Depending on where your tooth is located, a porcelain crown can both restore your tooth as well as improve the way it looks. We don’t want anyone to be able to tell that you’ve had dental work done! For further information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Omid Farahmand please contact OF Dental Care at 310.273.3650 or visit

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