Kaivan Kiai, DDS -  - General Dentist

Westwood Dental Esthetics

Kaivan Kiai, DDS

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in West Los Angeles, CA

Whether you need to restore your tooth after damage or decay or need to strengthen it after a root canal, Kaivan Kiai, DDS, can provide a crown. Dr. Kiai offers high-quality porcelain crowns at Westwood Dental Esthetics, which boasts a modern clinic conveniently located in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. If you’re interested in learning more about crowns, don’t hesitate to call the office or book an appointment online.

Crowns Q & A

What are crowns?

Crowns are caps that go over the top part of your tooth and extend all the way down to your gumline. A crown is a covering for the portion of your tooth that sticks up above of your gums. 

Once in place, your crown functions just like a natural tooth, providing a solid chewing surface, helping to evenly distribute the force in your bite and keeping the rest of your teeth in alignment.

When do you recommend getting a crown?

Crowns are versatile and an ideal solution for several dental conditions. Dr. Kiai might recommend a crown to:

  • Replace several large fillings
  • Protect a weakened tooth 
  • Treat a large area of decay
  • Restore a tooth’s structure after a root canal
  • Improve a damaged tooth
  • Enhance the appearance of a misshapen or discolored tooth

Dr. Kiai can also use a crown in conjunction with a dental implant to replace a missing tooth. In this case, the crown directly attaches to the implant.  

What are crowns made from?

Numerous materials and various metals are suitable for crowns, but Dr. Kiai recommends porcelain crowns.

Porcelain is a strong and durable material, which makes it well-suited for teeth that need to withstand a lot of biting force (like molars), but it’s also similar in appearance to tooth enamel, making it an excellent choice for capping visible teeth.

What does it feel like to have a crown?

A crown feels just like a fully functioning natural tooth. Dr. Kiai designs your crown using an impression of your mouth, which he takes with the iTero Element® digital scanner. The result is a prosthetic that fits perfectly in your bite.

How do I care for my crown?

Crowns don’t require special care. To take care of it, brush twice a day, floss daily, and maintain regular cleanings and checkups with Dr. Kiai. By following this standard hygiene protocol, your crown can last for years to come.

If you’re interested in learning more about dental crowns and how they can improve your oral health, schedule a visit with Dr. Kiai today by calling the offices at Westwood Dental Esthetics or booking an appointment online.