Dental crowns, sometimes referred to as “caps” or “jackets”, are a form of dental restoration for severely damaged teeth. If the health of your teeth is at risk due to a large cavity or crack, a dental crown may be the best option for you. Dental crowns help to protect your teeth from bacterial infection and increase the aesthetic quality of your smile. At our San Jose, CA dental practice, we will restore your smile to its former glory and no one will ever be able to tell the difference.
What the Procedure Entails
Dental crowns are a little like shields if you will. Shaped just like your natural teeth, these caps slip over your teeth; and act as both structural support and a smile-beautifying element. These caps are available in several materials such as porcelain (tooth-colored material), resin or gold. Once we have evaluated your teeth, the first step is to assess your needs.
Porcelain crowns remain the most popular option for our patients. They easily blend in with your other teeth because of their “natural” color; however it is your decision. As your dentist in San Jose, we will be more than happy to explain the benefits of each particular crown material.
The entire procedure requires at least two visits. Upon your first visit, we will proceed to clean the damaged tooth or teeth, removing any decay and reducing the size of the tooth by 1-2mm if necessary. This is only to make room for the crown. We will then take an impression of your tooth to ensure our lab creates a cap that fits perfectly and comfortably. Your permanent crown won’t be ready for approximately 3 weeks, but we will bond a temporary crown to your tooth for your comfort in the meantime.
We know how uncomfortable—not to mention painful—it can be living with a severely damaged tooth. On the day of your first visit we’ll affix a temporary crown you can wear until the permanent one is ready.
The Benefits and Capabilities of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns benefit your teeth in many ways such as:
- Improve the appearance of defective teeth
- Cover fillings, when there is little tooth structure remaining
- Cover stained or discolored teeth
- Needed for the attachment of a dental bridge
- Strengthen and support fractured teeth
- Cover dental implants and even replace missing teeth
- Protect teeth that have recently undergone root canal treatment
- Improve your bite or chewing efficiency
As far as capability, a crown and its close cousin the bridge is ideal for teeth damaged due to accidents, wear and tear or diseases. If the damage to your teeth is severe, crowns are still an effective and comfortable way to improve your overall oral health and hygiene as while as aesthetic appeal. In the most severe cases, we simply use high-grade porcelain or a combination of porcelain and gold.
Dental crowns are a long term solution to a whole range of major dental problems, improving the appearance, hygiene and all-round comfort of your smile.