What Are Dental Crowns?

A dental crown is a cap that covers your natural tooth and is customized to blend in with your surrounding teeth. It's common to get a crown to fix a cracked or broken tooth.

When Do I Need a Dental Crown?

Your dentist may use a dental crown to fix or hold together parts of a cracked tooth. Dental crowns might be a good choice if your tooth is:

  • Broken
  • Missing
  • Misshapen
  • Discolored
  • Decayed or severely worn down

Additionally, a crown holds dental bridges together and covers dental implants.

What are the Different Types of Dental Crowns?

Your permanent crown can be made of metal, stainless steel, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, zirconia, or a resin composite. The material depends upon your budget, the amount of damage sustained by your tooth, where the damage is, which tooth needs a crown, and other factors that your provider will discuss with you.

How Does Receiving a Dental Crown Work?

The first step to implanting a crown involves removing the outer layer of the tooth, along with any decay. They may need to perform a core buildup by inserting a post and covering it with a dental filling to create a surface to attach the crown.

Next, your dentist takes an impression and creates a temporary crown made of stainless steel or an acrylic-based material as a protective covering until your permanent crown arrives from the laboratory.

Approximately two weeks later, you'll come back to the office to have the permanent crown cemented to the tooth, so you're able to resume smiling once again. The procedure is relatively painless, and your dentist takes all the necessary precautions to make sure you're comfortable during the process. After the procedure, you may experience some sensitivity, but it's minimal and should subside over time.

Do You Need a Dental Crown in San Jose, CA?

The smile you've always wanted is just a few clicks away. To schedule an appointment with the team at the Center for Advanced Dentistry, call the office or request an appointment online today.

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