Dental Crowns

To treat a highly decayed or broken tooth

Cracked, chipped or decayed teeth? Crowns or caps are the versatile solution. Visit our Los Gatos dental office to learn how we can help with your dental caps.

Dental Crowns

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Dental Crowns in Los Gatos

Dental crowns, or more popularly known as dental caps, are known to be the most versatile type of dental restorations. They can be used to treat several oral conditions such as broken, cracked, chipped, or excessively spaced teeth. They can also restore teeth that are badly worn out or too weak to sustain themselves; i.e in the case of a root canal infection.

 

At Dr. Mahsa Esfandiari Dental Group, we understand that damage or injury to your teeth can be a distressing experience. That’s why our patient-centric dental practice works to create an environment where you feel cared for while receiving outstanding results that blend seamlessly with your natural smile. If you need a dental crown, this highly common dental treatment is easy to care for and customized to match the look and coloring of your teeth. Contact us for all your restorative dentistry needs.

What Are Crowns Made From?

A dental crown is a cap designed to cover the entire surface of a damaged tooth. Dental crowns look just like a regular tooth but are hollow on the inside. They help to restore your tooth’s size and shape while covering and protecting the underlying natural material from further breakage, damage or infection. 

 

Crowns can be made from a variety of materials such as silver, gold and amalgam, but ceramic is mostly preferred and widely used. They are made from dental-grade, tooth-colored ceramic material, which can be customized to match the appearance of the adjoining natural teeth.

 

To make a dental crown, your dentist must first prepare your natural tooth — this may entail removing a thin layer of enamel to make space for the crown or using filling material to build up the tooth’s structure. When the natural tooth is ready, our team will take digital impressions so that a precise dental crown can be made in a laboratory. This restoration will seamlessly blend with your natural teeth. Once the crown is bonded onto your natural tooth, it’s polished and shaped to give it just the right look.

Uses of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are an extremely reliable restorative technique that can repair even the most severe dental issues. This treatment option is designed to provide long-lasting results, with many dental crowns lasting 20 to 30 years. Crowns can be used to restore teeth that are:

 

Cracked:  A small hairline crack on a tooth may seem negligible, but it isn’t. As you bite and chew food, the crack could grow in size and depth, thereby potentially allowing the microbes in the mouth to enter the root canal cavity. It is recommended to get a cracked tooth restored using a crown as early as it is discovered.

Chipped or misshapen:  When you bite something too hard, your teeth may chip to lose a certain edge. You may also have naturally misshapen teeth that are hurting your smile. It is best to get such teeth restored to have a flawless smile.

Excessively worn out:  Bruxism is a sleep disorder where the patient ends up grinding their teeth subconsciously. The teeth may end up getting too worn out, thereby exposing the inner layers. Also, they would appear shorter than their normal length. They can be restored to their ideal shape and size using dental crowns.

Spaced too far apart:  Spacing is a type of malocclusion where the teeth are spaced too far apart from each other. The gaps can make your smile appear displeasing, which is why crowns can be used to eliminate them.

Key Benefits of Dental Crowns

Crowns are designed to be as durable and functional as your natural teeth, and restorations made from dental-grade ceramic offer natural-looking results that will keep your smile bright and aesthetically pleasing. As a restorative dental option, tooth crowns offer a variety of key benefits:

 

  • Improved chewing: A damaged tooth can impact your ability to chew and eat. Durable dental crowns restore your teeth without limiting your ability to enjoy your favorite foods.
  • Protection and support: A dental crown acts as a cap, covering your existing broken, cracked, decayed or otherwise damaged tooth. Crowns support misshapen or badly broken teeth while also protecting them from bacteria which could cause further damage or decay. 
  • Versatility: Dental crowns can be used to address a wide variety of dental concerns. They can serve as caps for damaged teeth or be used in conjunction with dental bridges or dental implants. A dental crown can also stabilize a tooth after root canal therapy.

What Is the Procedure to Get a Crown?

The procedure for placing a crown is quite simple. The dentist will visually examine your teeth and conduct a thorough diagnosis. A thin layer of enamel will be removed from the tooth to make space for the crown. The dentist then takes a highly precise digital mold of the prepared tooth and uses it as a reference to fabricate the crown. It will be sent to a dental laboratory where the crown will be made using dental-grade ceramic.

 

After the fabrication of the crown, the dentist will prepare the tooth for the bonding process by thoroughly cleaning it. It will be etched using an etching solution so that its surface becomes rough. Photosensitive adhesives are used for the bonding process, which will then be hardened using a suitable curing light. It could even be polished to give it the right luster.

Learn More About Teeth Caps in Los Gatos

At Dr. Mahsa Esfandiari Dental Group, we want to provide you with an effective and natural-looking solution for your cracked, chipped or decayed tooth. We invite you to meet with our team to learn how a dental crown can restore your smile and ensure you have full function. If you would like to learn more about this dental restoration or discuss the cost of getting a dental crown, contact the team at our Los Gatos office.


Please schedule an appointment online or call us at (408) 371-1070 to have a consultation with any of our Los Gatos Dental Group dentists, and we will be happy to help!

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