A dental crown can serve various purposes and is one of the most commonly used dental restorations. Dental crowns can resolve restorative and cosmetic concerns with lasting, stable results. Dr. Ken Schweifler places beautiful ceramic crowns in our Los Altos dentist office for a natural-looking result.
Dental crowns can be placed to treat:
- Damaged teeth: teeth that are chipped or cracked.
- Decayed teeth: larger cavities may need a dental crown to maintain tooth structure for the long term.
- Misshapen teeth: a tooth that is oddly shaped but not affecting the bite can be made to blend with your smile.
- Discolored tooth: a tooth that is stained or discolored and not responsive to teeth whitening can be brightened permanently with a crown.
- Post root canal: a dental crown is often placed after a root canal to strengthen and support the tooth.
- Dental implant: a dental crown is the final restoration piece for a single dental implant and placed after the post has healed within the gums and bone.
Dental Crowns in Los Altos
We place metal-free crowns with the goal of providing a restorative or cosmetic solution that is supportive of both oral and overall health and well-being. Metal-free dental crowns offer many benefits to patients with damaged teeth. If you are in need of a dental crown in the Los Altos, CA, area, you may want to consider these key benefits:
- Long-lasting solution: Composite dental crowns can last many years with proper maintenance and care.
- Cost: Generally, composite dental crowns cost less than traditional dental crowns.
- Natural-looking results: Composite crowns can be color-matched and designed to blend seamlessly with your existing teeth.
- Reduce tooth sensitivity: Patients have a lower risk of experience sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages.
About the dental crown procedure
The placement of a dental crown is a two-part procedure and will require a couple of visits to complete. Dr. Schweifler will begin with digital diagnostics as needed to assess your needs and plan the placement of the crown for a stable result. We strive to minimize the impact to the natural tooth structure to maintain the integrity of your smile. The next step is to prepare the tooth by removing the decayed, damaged or compromised portion of the tooth. Dental impressions will be taken and a temporary is often placed for normal function between visits.
Once the new crown is ready we will schedule a visit for placement. Dr. Schweifler will carefully place and secure the new crown and make adjustments for a comfortable and functional bite. A dental crown can be cared for through daily tooth brushing and flossing. Visiting with us on a regular basis for routine dental care will enable our team to monitor the condition of the crown over time.
Dental Crown FAQs
Is the dental crowns process painful?
No, the process is no more painful than getting a dental filling. We will ensure that you are completely comfortable during your procedure. We will also use local anesthesia to numb your mouth so that you do not feel the procedure.
How long do dental crowns last?
Dental crowns can last for about 15 years without the need for replacement. Your crown can last longer with an excellent oral health routine. There is no special care needed to ensure that your crown is maintained. Make sure to visit your dentist at least twice a year.
Am I a candidate for dental crowns?
Most patients are candidates for dental crowns. It is rare that a patient is turned down for this procedure. Sometimes we can recommend other treatments as an alternative to a dental crown for your specific needs.