If you chip a tooth, crack a tooth, or develop a cavity, dental crowns can prevent further damage and help you avoid an extraction. Expert general, cosmetic, and implant dentists Colin Au, DDS, Dianna Fung, DDS, and the caring team at Silicon Valley Dental Associates in Sunnyvale, California, offer several types of crowns, including porcelain crowns, all-ceramic crowns, and CEREC same-day crowns. To schedule your appointment, call the office to speak with a friendly team member or book online today.
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that envelop the entire portion of your tooth enamel that sits above your gum line. They’re one of the most common dental restorations and safe for people of all ages.
Dental crowns improve the aesthetic appearance of a damaged or decaying tooth. They also prevent further problems and restore your affected tooth to its near-original strength, shape, and appearance. This allows you to smile, speak, bite, and chew confidently.
At Silicon Valley Dental Associates, the team offers several types of dental crowns, including:
A porcelain dental crown is just that, a crown made of porcelain. To achieve the best outcome, your Silicon Valley Dental Associates provider may recommend fusing the porcelain cap to a strong shell of metal or gold. This durability helps prevent chipping or cracking and fortifies the porcelain.
Porcelain crowns mimic the color and light-reflecting properties of your tooth enamel, so they blend in naturally with your smile. Receiving a porcelain crown usually takes two separate appointments.
All-ceramic crowns are made entirely of ceramic. They don’t attach to a metal or gold base. The team at Silicon Valley Dental Associates uses all-ceramic crowns made of zirconia. Zirconia is the hardest type of ceramic, making it perfect for the teeth at the back of your mouth. Like porcelain crowns, receiving an all-ceramic crown usually takes two separate appointments.
If you lead a busy lifestyle and don’t have time for multiple appointments, you might benefit from a CEREC same-day crown. The team at Silicon Valley Dental Associates has a CEREC milling machine onsite. They also have an in-house lab technician who ensures your smile is exact and complete. Same-day crowns are just as durable and long-lasting as traditional crowns, but they’re much more convenient.
To determine the type of dental crown that will most benefit you, make an appointment at Silicon Valley Dental Associates. During your initial visit, your provider conducts an oral exam, reviews your medical history, and asks you about your lifestyle and goals for treatment. Your provider also takes 3D X-rays of your teeth to look for signs of infection or decay.
After gathering this information, your provider can make a recommendation that aligns with your needs. For example, if you have a cracked or chipped tooth at the front of your mouth, they might recommend a porcelain crown. If you have a damaged molar, you might benefit from an all-ceramic crown. If you want a quick, long-lasting solution and you’re on a tight schedule, you might benefit from a CEREC same-day crown.
Don’t wait to take care of chipped or cracked teeth. To request a dental crown consultation at Silicon Valley Dental Associates, call the office or book online today.