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Getting Cosmetic Dental Crowns in Glendale, CA: All You Need to Know
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Damaged or discolored teeth can affect how others see you, limit your career opportunities, and lower your self-esteem.

Cosmetic dental crowns are an aesthetically pleasing and functional solution, restoring your beautiful smile and helping you regain your confidence and oral health.

Schedule an appointment with our team at Verdugo Hills Dental, in Glendale, CA, to find out if you’re a good candidate for cosmetic crowns.

Do you want to learn more about the process of getting crowns? You’re in the right place.

Here, we’ll go over all you need to know about cosmetic dentistry crowns, including its uses, different types, pros and cons, procedure, longevity, and cost.

Let’s dive in.

What Are Cosmetic Dental Crowns?

Cosmetic dental crowns are tooth-shaped “caps” designed to fit over natural teeth. They cover the visible portion of the tooth and are cemented in place for long-term stability.

A dental crown restores the shape, size, strength, and appearance of a tooth. That’s why they’re commonly used for restoring damaged teeth, covering misshapen, discolored, or cracked teeth, and reinforcing large fillings.

Uses of Cosmetic Tooth Crowns

Tooth crowns have several cosmetic and functional uses, including:

  • Modifying the size or color of a tooth
  • Providing a natural appearance
  • Correcting minor teeth misalignment
  • Replacing missing teeth (when combined with dental implants)
  • Protecting, restoring, or stabilizing damaged or worn-down teeth

If you have discolored, crooked, misshapen, nonuniform, decayed, chipped, cracked, or missing teeth, you can benefit from a cosmetic dentistry procedure like dental crowns.

How Long Do Cosmetic Crowns Last?

A few factors affect the longevity of cosmetic crowns. For example, front teeth crowns usually last longer than back teeth because of chewing.

The material crowns are made of also impacts longevity. Here’s how long they typically last:

  • Porcelain or fused material crowns: 5 to 15 years
  • Metal crowns: 20+ years
  • Gold or zirconia: May last for life

To ensure your dental crowns last as long as possible, you need to maintain good oral hygiene, schedule regular checkups, avoid chewing hard foods, and limit the consumption of acidic foods and drinks.

Benefits of Cosmetic Dental Crowns 

Cosmetic dental crowns offer several benefits, including:

  • Giving you a beautiful smile
  • Restoring and protecting cracked, worn out, or decay teeth
  • Protecting teeth after endodontic treatment
  • Covering discolored or damaged teeth
  • Improving oral health and functionality
  • Enhancing structural integrity
  • Preventing further deterioration
  • Promoting proper alignment
  • Being more affordable than some equivalent options

In short, they contribute to oral well-being, enabling normal biting, chewing, and speaking while providing a natural and aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Are There Downsides of Crowns on Teeth?

There are three potential downsides to getting crowns on teeth:

  • The process of preparing a tooth for a crown can be extensive and may require multiple visits to the dentist.
  • Some temporary discomfort, pain, or sensitivity may occur after the crown is placed, but it usually goes away within a few days.
  • Improper placement can lead to crown detachment and gum irritation — that’s why it’s so important to choose an experienced and trusted dentist.

With over 15 years of experience and a five-star Google rating, you can rest assured Dr. Hakopyan and our staff have the level of expertise and professionalism you’re looking for.

Schedule an appointment at our Glendale, CA dental office to find out if you’re a good candidate for dental crowns.

Cosmetic Crowns — Before and After

Wondering whether dental crowns will really improve your smile? Here are some before and after photos of our patients.

Porcelain cosmetic crown before and after photos, showing a mouth with slightly discolored teeth and uneven gum heights on the left and perfectly even and white teeth on the right.
Before and After — Multiple Teeth Porcelain Crowns
Porcelain cosmetic dental crowns (before and after photos), showing a mouth with deeply yellowed, decayed, and chipped teeth on the left and perfectly even and white teeth on the right.
Before and After — Multiple Teeth Porcelain Crowns

Call us at 818-839-7475 to schedule an initial consultation and start your journey toward a perfect smile.

Cosmetic Dentistry Crowns Procedure

You’ve seen how much cosmetic dental crowns can enhance your smile, but what is the process like? Is it time-consuming? Is it painful? Let’s find out.

The cosmetic dentistry crowns procedure starts with an initial examination, where we’ll take X-rays to assess the state of your teeth and check for cavities.

Once we’ve examined your dental scans and cleared you as a good candidate for dental crowns, you’ll come in for a second visit — that’s when the actual procedure starts.

One of our dentists will prepare your tooth by filling and reshaping it, after administering anesthesia for pain control (no, the process is not painful — you won’t feel a thing!).

Then, we’ll take impressions of your tooth and send them to a lab to design a crown that looks just like your natural tooth. We’ll cover your tooth with a temporary crown made of resin or stainless steel.

Once the lab delivers your permanent crown (typically within a week), you’ll come in for a third visit. We’ll assess the fit, color, and bite of the crown.

If you and our dentist are happy with the permanent crown, the dentist will fix the crown to your tooth. That’s it!

Maintenance & Care Tips for Cosmetic Tooth Crowns

Tooth crowns are a long-lasting cosmetic and functional solution to several teeth problems. Here are some maintenance and care tips to ensure they last even longer:

  • Keep up good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily.
  • Avoid hard or sticky foods that may damage the crown.
  • Limit the consumption of acidic foods and drinks to minimize erosion.
  • Don’t smoke tobacco — it can lead to gum disease and crown discoloration.
  • Schedule regular check-ups and cleanings with your dentist.

We made it super easy to schedule an appointment with a form where you simply choose the date, time of the day, and dental service you need.

Take a look at our appointments page. Alternatively, you can call us at 818-839-7475 or email us at verdugohillsdental@gmail.com.

The Best Types of Cosmetic Dental Crowns & Materials

The most commonly used and best types of cosmetic dental crown materials are porcelain and zirconia. Gold is the third most used option.

You may have heard of resin or stainless steel crowns as well, but those are just temporarily placed while waiting for the lab to deliver your custom-made, permanent crowns.

Let’s dive deeper into porcelain and zirconia crowns, their pros and cons, and which is best for you.

1. Porcelain Crowns

Within this category, the most popular are leucite-reinforced pressable crowns and lithium disilicate crowns.

The former aren’t as strong as the latter, but they’re still durable and the best-looking. For these reasons, leucite crowns are a great option for visible front teeth.

In contrast, lithium disilicate crowns aren’t as aesthetically pleasing. While it’s possible to add a porcelain outer layer for a natural appearance, it makes chipping more likely.

Still, they’re about three times stronger than leucite crowns, making them the best option for back teeth and bruxers.

2. Zirconia Crowns

Solid zirconia crowns are by far the strongest material — they’re virtually indestructible! 

For this reason, solid zirconia is mostly used to restore teeth in the back of the mouth and ideal for people who grind or clench their teeth. Unfortunately, they don’t look very natural.

It’s possible to cover solid zirconia with porcelain for an aesthetically pleasing look. However, solid zirconia is four times more resistant to chipping than porcelain-veneered zirconia.

High-translucent zirconia, on the other hand, looks exactly like natural teeth due to its translucid appearance. It’s better for front teeth, and while it isn’t as strong as solid zirconia, it’s still strong enough to use in back teeth.

Zirconia crowns are more durable but also more expensive than porcelain crowns.

Which Cosmetic Dental Crown Material Should You Choose?

You don’t need to choose a single cosmetic dental crown material. As mentioned, some are better for front teeth and others for back teeth. Let’s break down their pros and cons.

A table detailing the pros and cons of different types of cosmetic dental crowns and materials, including leucite-reinforced pressable crowns, lithium disilicate crowns, solid zirconia crowns, and high-translucent zirconia crowns. The factors mentioned involve the look, strength, durability, and cost of cosmetic dental crowns.

Several factors come into play here — only an experienced dentist can advise you on which type of cosmetic dental crown is best for you.

Dr. Hakopyan and our staff will expertly assess your case and create the ideal personalized treatment plan for you. Schedule your initial consultation today.

Average Cost of Cosmetic Dental Crowns

The cost of a single cosmetic dental crown ranges from $800 to $2,500, depending on the type of crown, dental office location, dentist’s experience, and more.

Here at Verdugo Hills Dental Group, our goal is to make dental care accessible to everyone who needs it. That’s why we offer high-quality dental services at affordable rates.

Prices for a single porcelain-fused metal crown start at $699 and metal-free, all-porcelain crowns at $899.

Because materials like solid zirconia and lithium disilicate are exceptionally durable and require few replacements over time, dental crowns are very cost-effective long term.

In addition, they improve your smile’s appearance immediately and over time, since they look more like natural teeth and are less prone to discoloration and cracking than cheaper alternatives.

Does Insurance Cover Cosmetic Dentistry Crowns? Are There Financing Options?

It depends on your dental or medical insurance plan. But, most commonly, insurance only covers medically necessary dental crowns.

It typically only covers 50% of the procedure cost — patients are responsible for the remainder. Plus, waiting periods of up to one or two years may apply before coverage begins.

At Verdugo Hills Dental Group, we work with several insurance providers, including Aetna, Guardian, Blue Cross, Delta Dental, MetLife, and Humana Dental.

What’s the Difference Between Cosmetic Crowns and Veneers?

Here are the main differences between cosmetic crowns and veneers:

A table listing the differences between cosmetic dental crowns and veneers, including their functions, uses, and how they’re attached.

We offer both services at Verdugo Hills Dental Group in Glendale, CA. Schedule an initial appointment to find out which is best for you.

Which Are Cheaper: Veneers or Crowns?

Generally, veneers are more expensive than crowns and don’t last as long. In addition, because they’re almost exclusively used for cosmetic reasons, veneers are rarely covered by insurance.

Still, some cases can benefit from veneers more than from crowns. Our dentists and staff have extensive experience with both dental treatments and can advise you on the best dental treatment for you.

Do Celebrities Get Veneers or Crowns?

Celebrities get various cosmetic dentistry procedures, depending on what they’re looking to improve.

Some of the most common cosmetic dental procedures celebrities get include veneers, dental crowns, teeth whitening, dental implants, and bridges. We offer all these dental services at our Glendale, CA clinic.

FAQs About Cosmetic Dental Crowns

We’ll finish by answering some of the most frequently asked questions about getting cosmetic dental crowns in Glendale, CA.

If you have any other questions or doubts that haven’t been addressed here, don’t hesitate to call us at 818-839-7475.

What Is the Best Cosmetic Crown for Front Teeth?

There’s not a “one-size-fits-all” solution for front teeth cosmetic crowns — it depends on the patient’s preferences, budget, goals, and underlying conditions.

For example, a porcelain crown is more affordable and can be customized to match your desired tooth color. Translucent zirconia is more expensive and equally natural-looking but is much more durable and recommended for teeth grinders.

Can I Get Crowns on All My Teeth?

Yes, you can get crowns on all your teeth. However, you may have to schedule and attend multiple appointments over several weeks.

Do Crowns Get Cavities?

Crowns themselves do not get cavities, but you can still get them under the crowns. 

This is because despite crown protection, tooth surfaces, including the root, remain exposed. In addition, the crown margins are near the gum line, increasing the risk of decay.

Do Crowns Pop Off Easily?

No, crowns do not pop off easily.

However, issues with the crown or the underlying tooth can cause it to pop off. Plus, external factors like an injury or chewing hard foods can contribute to crown looseness.

If your crown pops off, keep it, clean it, set a dentist appointment, and bring it with you. The dentist might be able to reattach your dental crown without having to charge you for a new one.

Get Affordable Cosmetic Dental Crowns in Glendale, CA 

Discolored and damaged teeth can impact your self-esteem, how others see you, and even your career opportunities.

Cosmetic dental crowns are a functional, natural-looking solution for decayed, misshapen, or yellowed teeth. Our professional cosmetic dentists will assess your case and create a tailored treatment plan just for you.

Visit us at 3600 N Verdugo Rd Montrose CA or schedule an appointment online to restore your beautiful smile and confidence.

If you still have any questions, don’t hesitate to call 818-839-7475 to have a chat with the team at Verdugo Hills Dental or to schedule an appointment.