A dentist explains dental crowns to a patientChances are you’ve probably heard of a dental crown. A dental crown is a standard dental procedure which preserves or seals a tooth to prevent further decay and infection. Depending on your case, a crown may be used alone or in conjunction with another dental procedure. Dentists typically use dental crowns to improve form and function, but they are also useful for cosmetic purposes. Crowns are in fact a very standard dental procedure that Zeal Dentistry can perform quickly and nearly painlessly. Don’t let your dental health or that charming smile suffer when a dental crown could be the quick fix that you need.

What are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are a coating or covering that goes over the entire tooth to prevent exposure to bacteria and infection. If the tooth has damage such as a crack or chip, a crown can provide a shield to keep the internal portion of the tooth healthy and maintain proper function and look. Dental crowns can come in a variety of materials including:

  • Metal alloys including gold alloys
  • Base metal alloys like titanium
  • Silica-based ceramics
  • Alumina
  • Zirconia

Metal alloys are common due to their durability. They also wear similarly to enamel and therefore don’t wear down nearby teeth quickly. Metal crowns provide the hardest, strongest crown possible but feature a metallic color that may be undesirable. Silica-based ceramics achieve a teeth-like look but are not as strong. Because of this, they often use them to coat a stronger substance. Alumina is a common dental substance. Dentists often use it alongside porcelain to create one of the most natural teeth looks. Zirconia is relatively new to dentistry use but has good strength and a natural look.

In What Situations are Dental Crowns Useful?

Zeal Dentistry performs many dental crown procedures every year. Dr. Raina is highly adept at performing these procedures and can get you in and out with a new smile quicker than you may realize. Americans, as a whole, possess relatively good dental hygiene. Despite this, dental crown procedures occur all the time. A new crown helps prevent further cracking or infection improving the overall health of your mouth. A dental crown can be a perfect fix for a large number of dental issues including:

  • Restore broken or worn teeth
  • Improve the appearance of stained teeth
  • Maintain the structural integrity of a tooth
  • Replace an old crown for a dental implant

As you can see, there are many reasons your dentist could recommend a crown. They could be cosmetic or restorative. Crowns completely encircle or take the place of a damaged tooth. This total coverage prevents infection and allows for a good-looking cosmetic replacement that won’t discolor or fade.

The process typically involves a first dental appointment to take a mold of the natural tooth and a follow-up to implant the copied crown. Dr. Raina will work with you to decide whether you need a crown, and which kind will be best for your situation.

Your Smile at its Best

Zeal Dentistry works hard to provide our patients of all ages with the best possible dental care. When it comes to dental crowns, our staff is some of the best in the San Francisco area. Whether your need is cosmetic or medically necessary, we can offer a quick, easy dental crown with a variety of material options.

Don’t continue to live with cracked, missing, or infected teeth. Your dental health sets the tone for the rest of your body. If you’re in need of dental crowns, contact Zeal Dentistry today at 415.792.4771 and you’ll be sure to leave our office with a smile!