Tooth decay, root canals, and tooth damage can be painful and make it difficult to eat and speak.
Fortunately, there is a strong, natural-looking option that can restore the health and function of your smile: dental crowns.
Dr. Garrett Oka in Kailua-Kona, HI, can repair your tooth with a porcelain crown in as little as one appointment.
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What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that fits over your natural tooth or a dental implant. They may also be a part of a dental bridge. A dental crown provides strength and protection to the tooth structure, restoring function to the tooth while blending with your remaining natural teeth.
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You don't need to bother with temporary crowns at our office.
Instead of Waiting for a Permanent Crown We Make Convenient, Custom Crowns In-Office
If you have broken or damaged a tooth, you likely want help as soon as possible. For some patients, this may mean a temporary crown placed over their tooth while a lab crafts a permanent crown. Then, an additional appointment is needed to place the permanent crown. While a temporary crown is a wonderful option for many patients, you have an even better choice. Thanks to our CEREC® machine, we can make a permanent, custom crown for your tooth in under an hour. That way, you don't have to wait a second longer for a beautiful, healthy smile, and there is no need for extra appointments to replace a temporary crown.
Our Dentist Places Both Crowns and Implants
If you need an implant-supported crown, selecting the right practice can be confusing. Many dentists have to refer out to an implant specialist.
Dr. Oka, however, is trained in implant placement, allowing you to receive the treatment you need in a single convenient place, with a skilled dentist you can trust. Whether you need a traditional porcelain crown or an implant-supported crown, he can provide you with compassionate and caring treatment.
To learn more, contact his patient-centered Kailua-Kona dental practice or call
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Patients trust Dr. Oka to care for their teeth and to create healthy new smiles.
See the Change A Dental Crown Creates
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
Porcelain is durable and lasts on average of 10 years. If you have a dental implant, the implant itself is made of titanium or ceramic and can last a lifetime.
All people can benefit from a consistent dental routine.
Don't Wait! Call us to request an appointment today
If you have a tooth that is damaged, an old crown that has failed, or a sudden toothache, now is the time to call Dr. Oka! During your consultation, we are happy to explain all of your options to help you feel comfortable with your treatment. With state-of-the-art technology, years of experience, and a wide range of treatments, Dr. Oka can help you achieve a healthy, functional, and beautiful smile by providing a natural-looking custom crown. Take the first step to better oral health by contacting us online or giving us a call to request a consultation today.
The Do's of Dental Care After Your Dental Crown Placement
Brush Your Teeth
Make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes, cleaning your gums and tongue as well. You should talk to our dentist about the right type of toothbrush, such as an electric or soft-bristled brush, for your teeth.
Floss Each DayFlossing can prevent build up and inflammation. This can keep your restoration and natural teeth healthy and prevent decay and other dental health issues.
Visit Your Dentist
After receiving a crown, it is important to ensure the tooth structure under the crown stays healthy. Visiting our Kailua-Kona office for regular dental appointments can help. Since Dr. Oka has placed your crown, he will be able to look out for any changes and provide you with routine dental care.
The Do Not's of Dental Care After Your Dental Crown Placement
Hard or sticky foods such as caramel or ice can cause damage to your dental crown. In fact, they're not great for natural teeth, either! If you cannot avoid particular foods that are hard or sticky, try to chew on the side of your bite without a dental crown to prevent your restoration from being dislodged or damaged.
Grinding your teeth can cause wear and damage to your crown and natural teeth. Our Kailua-Kona practice can 3D print custom night guards in our office to help you prevent damage to your dental crown and other teeth.
Tobacco is bad for your oral and overall health, and can stain your teeth and dental crown. If you need an implant-supported crown, tobacco can also affect your body's ability to heal, which can lead to implant failure. It is best to quit smoking to maintain your crown and dental health.
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Affordable Financing Available
We accept insurance, such as HMAA, Delta Dental PPO, and HMSA PPO, which can reduce or even eliminate out-of-pocket costs associated with your dental crown.
For those without insurance, or for costs not covered by your insurance plan, our Kailua-Kona practice is proud to offer financing for your appointment, making it easier for you to have a happy and healthy smile. Patients can use CareCredit® or Springstone℠, third-party financing options.
You are also welcome to use most major credit cards.
If you have any questions about your options, reach out to our friendly office staff. From finding the right option for you to filing claims, we can help make your dental visit as smooth as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Crowns
What other dental treatments use crowns?
A dental crown is a versatile dental treatment that restores the function, strength, and appearance of a tooth. Dental crowns are also used to support a dental bridge, replacing one or more consecutive missing teeth. Crowns are placed over the anchoring teeth to secure the artificial tooth or teeth that fill the gap. During your initial consultation at our Kailua-Kona office, Dr. Oka can determine if a single crown or a bridge is the best dental treatment for you.
If a tooth is damaged, why not just pull it?
Preserving the tooth is a priority at our Kailua-Kona practice. Your jaw relies on the stimulation that the tooth root provides, and when you lose a tooth, the jaw loses that stimulation and can deteriorate. This can lead to other oral health issues and the need for other dental treatments such as bone grafting. Extractions are only done when the tooth cannot be saved. In these cases, Dr. Oka may recommend an implant-supported dental crown.
My tooth is damaged but it doesn't bother me. Should I still get a crown?
A damaged tooth can create openings for bacteria to enter. This can cause infections, which may require a root canal later. By treating the damage before it can cause an infection, you can protect your oral health and prevent the need for other treatments. Remember: a damaged tooth is only going to become more compromised over time, so it pays to be proactive.
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