Dental Crowns in El Cajon, CA
Highly-durable, natural-looking crowns
A crown is used to cover a damaged, broken or decayed tooth. Your tooth is first filed down to allow the crown to solidly cover it. A temporary crown is made and placed over the treated tooth, and once ready, your custom-made crown is placed and cemented on.
Our dentists utilize top-quality porcelain to make your custom crowns. Natural looking and durable, they emulate real tooth enamel. The porcelain is also bio-compatible with your body so there will be no irritation or trouble with the crown in the future.
A shade guide will be used to select the proper shade for your crowns. For an exact match to adjacent teeth, one of our dentists will use custom shade matching.
What are Dental Crowns?
You may have heard of dental crowns in relation to treatments like cavities or root canals, but what exactly are they? Crowns are caps, or covers for teeth that have been damaged due to tooth decay, trauma, or in some cases, even tooth loss. They’re designed to replace the missing portion of the tooth in order to restore full function and appearance.
Crowns made from porcelain are strong and durable. When you visit Rancho San Diego Dental for a crown, we’ll carefully match it to your tooth color and create a custom shape that perfectly emulates your natural tooth to preserve bite pattern, ensure comfort, and improve appearance. When properly installed, you won’t even notice your crown, and neither will anyone else.
Who Benefits from Dental Crowns
Not every patient will need a crown. For example, many cavities can be corrected with fillings. If, however, the damage to the tooth is significant, a crown will cover more surface area. Crowns are typically used to correct large cavities, major cracks or chips, and broken teeth. Crowns can also replace missing teeth if you choose a dental implant that has a full crown on top.
Crowns are often used during root canal procedures, during which a hole must be drilled in the tooth to access and remove infected pulp. In some cases, significant wear could result in misshapen teeth that affect your bite, and we may recommend a crown to correct this issue, restoring your bite and your beautiful smile.
What to Expect from a Dental Crown Procedure
The dental crown procedure occurs in two parts. First, the talented dentists at Rancho San Diego Dental will make sure your tooth is healthy and ready to receive a crown. From there, we’ll take impressions so that we can create your custom crown and we’ll match porcelain to your tooth color so that the restoration blends seamlessly with the remaining tooth structure and surrounding teeth.
You will be given a temporary crown to protect your tooth until your custom crown is ready. During a second appointment, your permanent crown will be placed and adjusted to your satisfaction. When complete, this procedure results in a fully restored tooth that performs and looks just like your natural tooth.
How Long do Dental Crowns Last?
Dental crowns are designed to stand up to the stresses of chewing and deliver the same strength and resilience as natural teeth. Depending on the type of material you choose and how you care for it, crowns could last 5 to 15 years or longer. Your best chance to enjoy longevity with crowns is to care for them properly, and this starts with practicing good oral hygiene, including daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing, as well as regular dental visits to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
You should avoid chewing hard or sticky foods like ice or candy that could damage crowns. If you suspect you’re suffering from bruxism (teeth clenching or grinding), speak with the experienced dentists at Rancho San Diego Dental to learn about options for protecting your natural teeth and dental restorations like crowns.
Replace your old crowns
We can take any low-quality, older crowns made from non-durable materials or crowns that have already broken down, and replace them with all ceramic, bio-compatible ones. Our dentists can perform a complete examination and evaluate what should be removed and replaced to optimize esthetics and your oral health.