Redwood City Dental Crowns

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.

What Are Dental Crowns?

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.

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What Can I Expect At My Dental Crown Appointment?

The traditional lab-made crown process involves taking impressions of your teeth and sending them to an outside dental lab that will fabricate a dental crown for you which matches your natural teeth in shade, color, and size. 

We’ll need to remove a small amount of tooth enamel to compensate for the thickness of the crowns and you’ll be given a temporary crown until your permanent one is ready. Once we’ve received your dental crown, you’ll return for another appointment and we will cement it in place.

Dental Crown Options in Redwood City

Lab Made Crowns

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.

Maintenance

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.

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