A dental crown is a tooth-shaped covering for your tooth. When a tooth needs its shape, size, strength, or beauty restored, our dentist may recommend a dental crown in San Francisco, California. Crowns can protect a tooth from breaking, hold together a cracked tooth, or restore an already broken tooth. Crowns can also be used to support teeth with large fillings or to cover misshapen or stained teeth. They can hold a dental bridge in place or cover a dental implant.
Crowns can be made of metals, such as gold. With metal crowns, less tooth preparation is needed. There is not much wear to opposing teeth, and metal crowns rarely chip or break; they typically last the longest. Many do not like the metallic color, but some patients find gold crowns appealing.
Zirconia crowns are digitally designed by our dentist and then milled in a milling machine. These custom-made crowns require no impressions of your teeth. They are also made to match the shade of your natural teeth.
Sometimes a crown will fall off if there is an improper fit, a small amount of tooth structure for the crown to adhere to, or a lack of cement. We recommend that you clean the crown and the front of your tooth, replace the crown using dental adhesive or temporary tooth cement—which are sold in stores—and contact our office immediately. Our dentist will re-cement the crown if possible. If not, he will have a new crown made to repair your smile.
We invite you contact the office of Joseph C. Styger, D.D.S., INC today to learn more and to schedule your next visit.