Over time, your teeth can get worn down and damaged. To protect a tooth and restore its size and shape, our experts at San Leandro Dental Studio can fit it with a custom-made dental crown.
A crown is basically a tooth-shaped cap that we secure on your natural tooth. The crown will be designed to match the shape, size, and color of your surrounding teeth. Once we have restored your tooth with a crown, your smile will look and feel as good as new.
Do you need a dental crown to restore your smile? Call San Leandro Dental Studio at (510) 969-8510 to schedule your appointment today!
Same Day Crowns
Same day crowns in San Leandro offer a dental solution that is incredibly time-saving and timesaving. These types of crowns, also known as CEREC crowns, are created using a computer-aided design (CAD) and a 3D printer in a single appointment. During the appointment, an electric impression is taken and transferred to the CAD/CAM system which designs the tooth restoration. The restoration is then printed out on a milling machine, glazed with porcelain, and bonded inside the patient’s mouth for a natural look and feel. Through this single appointment process, patients benefit from fast treatment times and strong, long-lasting results.
Same day crowns in San Leandro provide several advantages over traditional crowns made in a lab– such as significantly reduced wait times– since they can be created during your appointment itself. This allows patients to receive immediate treatment without having to make multiple trips to the dentist’s office over an extended period of time. Patients also enjoy greater accuracy in the fit of their custom-made crown as well as fewer injections due to minimal removal of healthy enamel tissue for placing the new dental restoration. All these benefits make same day crowns an excellent choice for modern dentistry that delivers convenience and quality care quickly.
Reasons You May Need a Dental Crown
Wondering if a dental crown is the right treatment for your smile? Here are some common reasons our patients get dental crowns:
- Restore and protect a weak, broken, or cracked tooth
- Improve the appearance of a worn-down tooth
- Hold a dental bridge in place to replace missing teeth
- Attach to a dental implant to replace a missing tooth
- Cover and protect a tooth after a root canal treatment
- Cover a tooth with a large filling that has little natural tooth left
Do you have any dental health issues like the ones listed above? Call us today to schedule your appointment! Our experts will give you a thorough examination and help you decide if dental crowns are the right solution for you!
Different Types of Dental Crowns
Crowns can be made of different materials depending on your specific needs. Below are the most common types of crowns:
- Porcelain looks the most like natural teeth because of its light-reflecting properties
- Metal or gold are strong solutions for more conservative tooth restoration
- Stainless steel is used to restore baby teeth after extensive tooth decay
How to Take Care of Dental Crowns
With a proper oral hygiene routine at home and twice-yearly visits to the dentist, your crowns can last an average of 10 years. In order to keep your crown in good shape, it’s important to follow these good habits:
- Brush your teeth twice a day
- Floss between all of your teeth daily
- Use an antibacterial mouthwash every day
- Avoid chewing on hard foods or ice, biting fingernails, etc.
- Avoid using your teeth to open packaging
These simple actions can help your crown last longer and keep your smile looking great.
What are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is a full coverage on a tooth. The crown covers the whole tooth and keeps it in one piece.
What are the Alternatives to Dental Crowns?
Alternatives include doing big fillings, which we don't suggest due to dental material shrinkage and the lack of strength to hold up against chewing or grinding.
What Materials Are Used in Dental Crowns?
The materials that we use in our office include zirconia, which is a white metal. We also use other metals, with gold being the best, and porcelain fused to metal, which entails a metal core with porcelain on top. Some of the metal might be visible at times. There are also full ceramic crowns, zirconia crowns, and Emax crowns. We also offer baby tooth crowns, which are stainless steel. We use these aluminum crowns to cover baby teeth to save them until their adult teeth erupt.
The best material to use is gold, which is very old-fashioned and not liked by many, but I love it. During eight years of research on zirconia crowns, only 1% formed cracks. The durability of a crown is essential in keeping the tooth intact. How early we detect tooth problems is also very important. Sometimes, cracks can worsen and result in the requirement of tooth removal despite having a crown. That's why we always ask patients not to postpone treatment when diagnosed with needing a crown.
Is a Dental Crown Necessary After a Root Canal Treatment?
Most of the time, it is, depending on the tooth's structure. If there's a lot of decay or structural deficiency, you will need a crown.
What is the Dental Crown Procedure?
First, we numb the patient and take a preliminary impression to make a temporary crown. We also send impressions to the lab, but in our office, we have in-house milling for same-day crowns. We prepare the tooth, scan it, and make the crown in about an hour. Then, we glue the crown back onto the tooth.
Is Dental Crown Placement Painful?
No, not necessarily. Sensitivities might follow the placement, but they usually go away in a few weeks. If not, a second procedure, like a root canal, might be needed.
Are There Any Consequences for Getting a Tooth Crown?
No, crowns help save teeth, prevent cracks, and are certainly worth it.
Is it Worth Putting Crowns on Children's Teeth?
We don't do crowns on children, except for baby teeth, using SS crowns or aluminum crowns for severely damaged teeth. For adults and teenagers, we do crowns when necessary.
Do Crowns Look Like Normal Teeth?
Yes, they can look like white, normal teeth unless they're metal-based.
Can You Get Cavities on Crowned Teeth?
It depends on oral hygiene. Proper care can prevent cavities.
How Should I Take Care of my Dental Crown?
Maintenance is crucial, just like anything else. Regular check-ups are necessary to ensure longevity.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
We guarantee our crowns for a lifetime, unlike many places that might offer only a few years of guarantee. If something happens to the crown, we will replace it for free.
Does Insurance Cover Dental Crowns?
Some insurances do, some don't. Coverage varies.
Schedule an Appointment
We invite you to schedule an appointment with us today by calling us at (510) 969-8510, San Leandro Dental Studio. We are open and ready to take scheduled appointments.