Crowns are caps that are made of porcelain or other materials and are made to fit over the entire crown, or visible part, of the tooth. They can help restore the shape, strength, size and appearance of teeth. Crowns can play an important part in your overall dental health treatment plan. Our San Francisco dental crowns expert can help you determine if you are a candidate for crowns.
Our San Francisco porcelain crowns expert may recommend porcelain crowns if you have:
• A weakened tooth that needs additional support
• A severely worn tooth
• A tooth that is broken or cracked
• A tooth that has a large filling
• A tooth that is severely misshapen or discolored
• A dental bridge or dental implants
San Francisco Porcelain Dental Crowns
If you are a candidate for a dental crown, you may need a root canal to remove any dead or diseased tissue that is still inside the tooth. This procedure may be performed at a separate appointment and the tooth allowed to heal before proceeding. Our expert in dental crowns in San Francisco will then shape the tooth. A portion of the enamel will be trimmed to create a comfortable fit with the implant. Dental impressions will be taken and sent to the dental lab, which will craft your new crown. A temporary crown can be placed on the prepared tooth to protect and restore it as you wait. Once your final crown is ready, it will be bonded securely onto the tooth.
Taking care of your new crown is the best way to maximize its lifespan. Dental porcelain will not decay and is resistant to stains. However, good dental hygiene is still critical. Brush twice a day and floss daily. If your crowns are being used to support a dental bridge, you may need a floss threader device, which allows you to clean around the bridge more easily. Regular visits with our expert in porcelain crowns in San Francisco will also help you keep your dental health on track. Contact our offices today to learn more or to schedule a consultation with our San Francisco cosmetic dentist.