Dental Crowns in Pleasanton, CA

Looking for Dental Crown in Pleasanton, CA? Elise J. Daggs, DDS is a premier provider of dental crowns and a full spectrum of dental needs. A dental crown is a tooth shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth.  A dental crown is used  to protect a weak tooth from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth, to restore an already broken tooth,   to cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left , or to hold a dental bridge in place. In cosmetic dentistry crowns are used  to cover misshaped or severely discolored teeth to improve its appearance.

Permanent crowns can be made from all metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or all ceramic.

Metal crowns are made of gold alloys or a base-metal alloy. People with metal allergies should avoid base metal crowns as they contain nickel. Compared with other crown types, less tooth structure needs to be removed in preparation for restoration with metal crowns, and tooth wear to opposing teeth is kept to a minimum. Metal crowns withstand biting and chewing forces well and probably last the longest in terms of wear down. Cosmetically the metallic color is the main drawback so metal crowns are a good choice for molars not visible in your smile. Patients of Dr. Daggs considering getting a dental crown in Pleasanton, CA enjoy the confidence of getting top quality care from her all-female staff.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns can be color matched to your adjacent teeth. As the name implies, these crowns have a base of metal (typically a gold alloy) with a covering of porcelain that is fused on top. Because of the porcelain covering these crowns can be matched to the color of adjacent teeth. However, porcelain can also cause more wearing to the opposing teeth compared with metal crowns, and the crown’s porcelain portion can also chip or break off. Next to all-ceramic crowns, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns look most like normal teeth. However, sometimes the metal underlying the crown’s porcelain can show through as a dark line, especially at the gum line and even more so if your gums recede.

All-ceramic crowns provide the best natural color match than any other crown type and may be more suitable for people with metal allergies. However, they are not as strong as porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns and they wear down opposing teeth a little more than metal crowns. All-ceramic crowns are a good choice for front teeth. The professional and gentle team at Elise J. Daggs, DDS strive to provide all patients considering dental crowns in Pleasanton, CA with a though review of all the options available to them and encourage participation in the diagnosis for their dental health.

Preparing a tooth for a crown usually requires two visits – the first step preparing the tooth, the second visit involves placement of the permanent crown.

  • At the first visit in preparation for a crown, the tooth receiving the crown is shaped by removing tooth structure along the chewing surface and sides to make room for the crown. The amount removed depends on the type of crown used. All-metal crowns are thinner, requiring less tooth structure removal than all-porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. Once the tooth is reshaped, an impression is made of the tooth to receive the crown. Impressions of the teeth that will touch the new crown will also be made to make sure that the crown will not affect your bite. A temporary crown is placed to protect the tooth while the dental lab fabricates your custom permanent crown.
  • At your second visit, your temporary crown will be removed. The new crown will be checked for fit and color. If everything is acceptable, the new crown is permanently cemented in place.

On average, dental crowns last between 5 and 15 years. The life span of a crown depends on the amount of wear and tear the crown is exposed to, how well you follow good oral hygiene practices, and your personal mouth-related habits. You should avoid such habits as grinding, chewing ice, biting your fingernails, and using your teeth to open packaging.

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