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Dental Crowns

Dental Crowns

Dental Crowns in Tracy, CA

When your teeth have been damaged by decay or trauma, you might consider getting a dental crown. A crown helps protect your natural tooth structure from further damage caused by decay or injury. At Miller’s Family Dentistry, we offer dental crowns for our patients in Tracy, CA, to help you restore your smile and improve the appearance of your teeth.

What are Dental Crowns?

A dental crown is an artificial covering that caps off the top of an entire tooth. They can be used for cosmetic reasons or as a replacement for a damaged tooth. Dental crowns are made from porcelain, gold, or other materials depending on what you need them for.

  • All-Metal Crowns: Metal crowns are usually used when there is extensive damage to the tooth. They are made from alloys of precious metals like gold and platinum so they last the longest in terms of wear. They are usually used in out-of-sight molars as they are not tooth colored.
  • All Ceramic Crowns: These types of crowns are made from ceramic or porcelain material which looks similar to your natural enamel. They are considered the most popular type as they blend well with your surrounding teeth providing a natural-looking result. 
  • Porcelain Fused-to-Metal Crowns: This type of crown combines the strength of a metal crown with the beauty of a porcelain crown. The metal portion provides support while the porcelain portion adds color and shine.
  • Stainless Steel Crowns: These crowns are made from stainless steel which makes them very durable. They are commonly used among children as they do not require much maintenance.
  • All-Resin Crowns: Resin crowns are made from a resin material and are generally less expensive than the others. The only drawback of this type is they wear down over time and are more prone to damage.

Why Should You Consider Getting a Dental Crown?

If you have any of these conditions, then you might want to consider getting a dental crown:

Severely worn down tooth due to decay or trauma

You have severely discolored teeth

You have a large filling that needs to be covered up

Your teeth are cracked or chipped

You have had a root canal procedure

You have a broken tooth

Steps Involved in Dental Crown Procedure

Crown placement usually involves two steps:

Examination and Tooth

Preparation: To begin the process of placing a crown, our dentist will first examine your mouth to determine which areas of your teeth need treatment. Next, we will remove the decaying part of the tooth by drilling small holes around the affected area. Then, we will apply a topical anesthetic gel to numb the area and clean it thoroughly with a special solution. We'll grind away any remaining decayed areas to ensure that the tooth is ready for the crown

Crown Placement

During this step, our dentist will make a mold of your prepared tooth and send it to a dental laboratory, where your custom crown will be created. We will then apply a temporary crown to your tooth using temporary cement until the permanent crown is ready. Once your permanent crown is ready it will be carefully fitted over your tooth.

Contact us to Schedule a Consultation!

Our practice provides comprehensive dental treatments such as veneers, crowns, bridges, implants, and other restorative dentistry procedures to help our patients achieve their dream smiles. If you want to know more about how we can help you achieve a beautiful smile, call our dental office today and schedule a consultation!