OUR SERVICES / CROWNS
Crowns are prosthetic devices that protect or replace compromised teeth that would otherwise cause problems in your mouth. Inspira Advanced Dentistry in San Jose and Saratoga, California, offers long-term dental crowns. They install them and can help you take care of them for years or even decades to come. Call the office today to schedule an appointment or book one online today.
What are crowns?
Crowns are built to look like natural teeth. You can get a crown to go over a prepared tooth and make it stronger or more attractive, or you can get a crown to replace an entire tooth. You’ll need a dental implant to hold it in place.
The team at Inspira Advanced Dentistry designs crowns to blend in with your healthy teeth. These crowns can withstand the pressure of your bite and often improve the function of the teeth they cover. The team ensures sturdy placement of your crown so that you don’t need to worry about breaking or dislodging it.
How long do crowns last?
As long as you take great care of your crown, it should last for a long time. Sometimes, a crown can last for a lifetime. This depends on how well you take care of it and of your oral health in general.
To make your crown last as long as possible, you should brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss regularly. Make sure that you visit the Inspira Advanced Dentistry office for cleanings and exams twice a year unless your dentist recommends more frequent checkups.
What are the advantages of dental crowns?
Dental crowns offer lots of benefits. There are many reasons why your dentist at Inspira Advanced Dentistry would recommend getting one. The advantages of getting a custom crown include:
- Preventing more damage to a tooth
- Supporting a tooth after treating tooth decay
- Supporting a cracked or broken tooth
- Masking tooth discoloration
- Reshaping a short or misshapen tooth
- Protecting a tooth from grinding damage
- Improving your chewing ability
- Improving a speech impediment
- Replacing a tooth entirely by covering an implant
Because the team at Inspira Advanced Dentistry offers crowns in materials like porcelain or ceramic, which look similar to natural tooth material, you can get a crown that doesn’t stand out or draw attention to itself. However, if you’re going for strength and durability, metal and gold are excellent choices of crown materials to cover molars in the back of your mouth.
What should I expect while getting a dental crown?
The Inspira Advanced Dentistry team makes the process of getting a dental crown as simple as possible. During your first appointment, they’ll help you compare different choices in crown materials and make sure that you’re not allergic to any of them.
If your crown is to cover an existing tooth, they’ll prepare the tooth by removing a small amount of enamel before taking an impression of it. This allows the crown to fit over the tooth without being too bulky. The team could place a temporary crown over the prepared tooth that you’ll wear until your permanent crown is ready.
At your second appointment, the team removes the temporary crown. They thoroughly clean the tooth and dry it before cementing the crown onto it.
Another crown choice is CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics). The process is simpler, can be done entirely in the office, and requires just one visit. The resulting crown is as durable as the conventionally made crowns, but out-of-pocket costs to the patient are higher.
If one of your teeth is damaged, worn down, or missing, call Inspira Advanced Dentistry today or request an appointment online for a dental crown consultation.