Dental Crowns

Dental crowns in Pleasanton CA

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that restores, strengthens, and improves the appearance of a tooth. Dental crowns can be made to mimic the look of your natural teeth in color, form and function. Dental crowns are used to restore chipped tooth, cracked tooth, and in some cases, tooth discoloration. Dental crowns also help strengthen and protect teeth with moderate to severe tooth decay and tooth structure loss, restore tooth discoloration from medication use, or to restore a cracked, weak or worn-out teeth. Dental crowns should be done within a few weeks or earlier after getting diagnosed to prevent the tooth from further fracture and decay. The longer time passes the more likely costly and extensive additional dental procedures like root canals will be needed.

The Dental Crown Process

A dental crown appointment typically requires 2 appointment visits:

1st Visit – Crown Preparation

At the beginning of your first appointment, our doctor will provide local anesthesia to make the procedure more comfortable. We will remove damage or decay from your natural tooth. In some instances, a build up filling may also be done to restore parts of the missing tooth so the crown may have a better foundation to rest on. At Lumi Dental Studio, our dentist will create a digital impression of your tooth with an intraoral scanner. This eliminates the need for traditional messy impressions, making the process more comfortable, precise, and less time consuming. Lastly, a temporary crown will be made and cemented on your tooth to protect it. We will then send the digital impression to our lab who uses high-quality materials to make a precisely fitting crown that matches your natural teeth and smile.

2nd Visit – Crown Delivery

We will remove the temporary crown and place the new one over your tooth. After you approve the look and feel of the new crown, it will be cemented to your tooth. Your crown will be adjusted for proper bite and polished to match the gloss of your natural teeth. 

What type of materials are crowns made of?

The type of material used will depend on the location of the crown, the function of the tooth, and the patient’s individual needs and preferences.

At Lumi Dental Studio, we specialize in the latest crown material – Zirconia. Zirconia crowns are made from a special type of ceramic and it is often the best material choice. They offer a great balance of strength and aesthetics and are often the crown material of choice. They can withstand pressures that are similar to a metal crown and also have the natural look of a tooth. It blends the best of both worlds and the new “gold standard” in the dental industry. Our office specializes in aesthetic zirconia crowns.

Gold crowns are made from gold alloys, and are known for their strength and durability. They have been a great option for back teeth that experience a lot of wear and tear, but they are not as aesthetically natural as other materials such as ceramics or zirconia. Gold crowns offer the most strength and best at preventing the wearing down of opposing teeth. However, they are also the most expensive option and may not be the best choice for patients who are concerned about the appearance of their smile. Other metal crowns, such as those made from base metal alloys, are less expensive than gold crowns but may cause allergic reactions and gum inflammation and aren’t recommended for most people.

Porcelain crowns are made from a combination of layered porcelain and metal. They can have some of the best aesthetics with the highest ability to match the patient’s natural teeth. However, porcelain crowns may not be as strong as metal crowns and may be more prone to chipping or breaking. They may also wear down the opposing teeth more quickly than metal crowns.

Regular ceramic crowns are made from pure ceramic and are a good option for front teeth, as they can be closely matched to the color of the patient’s natural teeth. Ceramic crowns are strong and durable, but they may not be the best choice for back teeth, as they may not be as strong as zirconia or metal crowns.

Resin crowns are made from a combination of resin and other materials. They are known to fracture often. They are not as strong as metal, porcelain, or ceramic crowns, and may not be the best choice for back teeth. There are strong materials such as porcelain crowns that can offer better aesthetics and better strength than a resin crown.

Schedule an appointment for your cracked tooth or chipped tooth to see if a dental crown is a good fit for you: (925) 918-6500