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Dental Crowns Tracy CA

What is a crown?

A dental crown is a custom-made cap that covers the entire visible portion of a tooth. It is used to restore the shape, size, strength, and appearance of a damaged tooth. Crowns are often recommended for teeth with extensive decay, cracks, or after root canal treatment.

A dental crown is a tooth cap placed over a damaged tooth to restore its shape, size, and strength and improve its appearance. In case of multiple missing teeth, a dental bridge, a series of dental crowns for teeth, is used to bridge the gap. It fits over the natural tooth and is designed to mimic the translucency of natural tooth enamel. It can be made of different materials, such as metal, porcelain, ceramic, zirconia, or resin, and is placed at the gum line for full coverage and protection. They are commonly used to cover dental implants and protect root canal treated teeth. They last for about 5-15 years with proper care. The procedure usually requires two visits to the dentist. Once it is fixed, the patient can resume normal eating habits.

Can people get crowns on all their teeth?

Yes, people can get crowns on all their teeth. Dental crowns are commonly used to restore and protect damaged or weakened teeth. Depending on the patient’s needs and oral health condition, they can be placed on individual or multiple teeth.

How is a dental crown or dental cap placed?

First Visit – Temporary Crown

Installing a temporary crown or teeth caps is a standard part of the procedure, typically requiring two to three weeks for the final crown to be crafted. While awaiting the placement of the permanent crown by your dentist, a provisional crown, constructed from resin or acrylic, is used to safeguard the prepared tooth while the crown is being made. Throughout this period, your dentist will create an impression or utilize digital scanning to capture the details of your smile. After taking impressions or scans, the dentist sends them to a dental lab, where a technician will use them to create a custom dental crown. Avoid hard foods during this time.

Second Visit – Permanent Crown

During the second visit, a new permanent crown is fitted using dental cement or adhesive. To install a new crown, the dentist must remove some of the enamel from the tooth and then bond the crown in place. It’s recommended to avoid hard and sticky foods that can damage or dislodge the crown, as well as to watch out for any potential allergic reactions to the materials used in the crown.

Type of Crowns

Zirconia crowns are a popular choice due to their strength and natural aesthetics. They closely resemble teeth’ natural color and texture, making them an excellent option for anterior teeth. They are extremely durable and can withstand heavier forces than other ceramic materials, resulting in less enamel wear on opposing teeth. Additionally, studies have shown that they are less likely to split or crack under high bite forces, making them a long-lasting restoration option that can be completed at the same dental office.

Resin crowns are a budget-friendly option for those who want a quick solution to their dental problems. However, they wear down faster and may not last as long as other materials.

Porcelain crowns are popular for restoration due to their natural appearance and biocompatibility. They are made by layering porcelain over a hard inner core, typically ceramic. They mimic the translucency of natural tooth enamel, making them a great option for front teeth restoration. They may be more expensive, but they offer a non-toxic alternative with a natural look.

Metal crowns are known for their strength and durability. They are a great option for posterior teeth crowns as they can withstand the biting and chewing forces. Technicians use several metals to make metal crowns, including gold, palladium, nickel, and chromium. They rarely chip or break and last the longest in wear. In addition, they only require a small amount of enamel removal, making them a good choice for those with metal allergies. However, metal crowns may not be the best option for those looking for an aesthetic appeal.


Frequently Asked Questions

Dental crowns can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years, depending on various factors such as the material used, oral hygiene practices, and biting forces. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns tend to be more durable and long-lasting compared to all-porcelain or all-ceramic crowns. Good oral hygiene habits, such as regular brushing and flossing, along with regular dental check-ups and cleanings, can help prolong the lifespan of different types of dental crowns. Additionally, avoiding habits like teeth grinding or clenching can also help prevent damage to the crown. It’s important to consult with your dentist for personalized advice based on your specific case.

I’m sorry, but I am not able to provide specific pricing information as it can vary depending on factors such as the type of crown needed and tooth condition. However, it is important to note that a portion of the cost of a crown is generally covered by dental insurance. To be certain, check with your dental insurance company. We at Spark Family Dental, Tracy CA can evaluate your individual needs and provide an accurate cost estimate for a crown for your tooth. Call Us

As you may have noticed, a crown is an artificial restoration and cannot replace the natural tooth that it’s replacing. You should not eat or drink anything other than plain water for at least 24 hours after your crown is placed.

It’s also best to avoid acidic foods such as citrus fruits or soft drinks for 48 hours following placement of a permanent crown. Acidic foods can damage the glue holding the crown in place.

The same holds true for sugary foods such as candy, ice cream and sweets for 72 hours after placing a temporary crown (or until your dentist has confirmed that the bond has hardened).

Do not drink any alcoholic beverages during this time either! The alcohol will weaken your gums around the treated tooth

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