Restore damaged teeth from dental trauma or tooth decay with strong and durable dental crowns. For better aesthetics, functionality, and restoration of the tooth structure, dental crowns are cemented onto teeth to protect them from further damage and re-infection.
Dental crowns are caps placed over vulnerable teeth, usually because they have been damaged from dental trauma or are missing a significant amount of tooth structure as a result of tooth decay. They can be made of various materials such as ceramic, porcelain, zirconia, metal, resin, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and more.
Crowns are also commonly placed over the rear molars post-root canal treatment because these teeth are more vulnerable after root canal therapy and at a higher risk of damage. Protect your tooth from additional damage with strong and durable dental crowns which make it easier to chew and restore the aesthetics of your smile. Contact us today to receive dental crowns from your Redwood City dentist or stop by our office at 2920 Broadway, Redwood City, CA 94061.
Wondering what types of dental crowns we offer? There are many different options for dental crowns, but the most commonly used materials include metal, porcelain, and zirconia.
Porcelain crowns offer superior aesthetics as they blend in seamlessly with natural teeth. However, they are prone to chipping, cracking, and breaking which makes them unsuitable for placement in the rear molars. We recommend porcelain crowns for the front teeth. Metal crowns are highly durable, strong, and last for many years.
However, they are noticeably silver or gold and stick out in the mouth. They are a great option to cover deciduous teeth that will fall out naturally or teeth located in the back of the mouth, but not for the anterior teeth.
Zirconia is like a compromise between porcelain and metal, as they appear very natural and are highly durable. They can be placed in the front or back of the mouth. While they are not as aesthetic as porcelain crowns, they are quite close and offer longer longevity.
Finally, a common option is porcelain-fused-to-metal. It offers the superior strength and durability of metal materials along with the aesthetics of porcelain. The outside crown appears tooth-colored, but you can see an outline of metal along the top of the crown.
Dental crowns last for an average of 5-15 years depending on the materials they’re made from, your oral hygiene practices, and lifestyle habits. The best way to increase the lifespan of your dental crowns is to take good care of them by reducing their exposure to wear and tear.
Brush your teeth and tongue twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss at least once per day. Reduce your consumption of staining foods and drinks and avoid smoking. If you grind your teeth, wear a mouthguard at night. Avoid excessively hard, sticky, and crunchy foods.
Dental crowns are necessary in various situations to restore the structure, function, and appearance of a damaged tooth. Here are some common scenarios where dental crowns are recommended:
1. Tooth Decay: When a tooth is severely decayed and cannot be restored with a simple filling, a dental crown may be necessary. The crown covers the entire tooth, protecting it from further decay and restoring its strength.
2. Cracked or Fractured Teeth: If you have a tooth that is cracked or fractured, a dental crown can provide the necessary support to prevent further damage. The crown acts as a protective cap, holding the tooth together and preventing it from breaking apart.
3. Root Canal Treatment: After undergoing a root canal procedure, the tooth becomes weak and more susceptible to fractures. A dental crown is often placed over the treated tooth to strengthen it and protect it from potential damage.
4. Large Fillings: When a tooth has a large filling, it may become weak and prone to fractures. In such cases, a dental crown can be placed to reinforce the tooth structure and prevent any further damage.
5. Cosmetic Purposes: Dental crowns can also be used for cosmetic purposes, such as improving the appearance of misshapen, discolored, or severely stained teeth. They can help restore a natural-looking smile and boost your confidence.
Dental crowns cannot be whitened using traditional teeth whitening methods. While natural teeth can be whitened using bleaching agents, dental crowns are made from materials that do not respond to whitening treatments.
If you have dental crowns and wish to improve their color, the best approach is to discuss your concerns with your dentist. They may recommend replacing the crowns with new ones that match your desired shade. This way, you can achieve a uniform and aesthetically pleasing smile.
Dental crowns are not considered permanent, but they can last for many years with proper care and maintenance. The lifespan of a dental crown depends on various factors, including the material used, oral hygiene practices, and the forces applied to the crown.
On average, dental crowns can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years. However, with good oral hygiene habits, regular dental check-ups, and avoiding habits like grinding or clenching your teeth, you can extend the lifespan of your dental crowns.
It's important to note that dental crowns may require replacement if they become worn, cracked, or if the underlying tooth experiences further damage. Your dentist will monitor the condition of your crowns during routine check-ups and recommend any necessary repairs or replacements.
Remember, maintaining good oral hygiene, including brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist regularly, will help ensure the longevity of your dental crowns.
If you have any further questions about dental crowns or would like to discuss your specific dental needs, please don't hesitate to contact our office at (650) 592-6396. Our team at Ghina Morad, DMD in Red Wood City is here to help you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile.