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Restore Your Teeth & Refine Your Smile

It’s not uncommon for people to experience tooth decay, chipping, or other damage to their teeth. In many cases, these issues can be addressed with basic dental treatments, like fillings or bonding. But your dentist may recommend a dental crown when the damage is more significant. Your dentist may also recommend a crown to cover up intrinsically discolored teeth or improve the overall aesthetic value of your teeth. We restore your teeth and refine your smile with tooth-colored porcelain crowns.

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What are Crowns?

Dental crowns improve the appearance and function of damaged or misshapen teeth. A crown is basically a “cap” placed over an existing tooth. The crown restores the tooth to its normal shape, size, and function. Crowns can also attach bridges, cover dental implants, and make cosmetic improvements. Dental crowns in San Diego can be made using various materials, such as porcelain, ceramic, or gold. Your crowns’ material will be determined by your dentist based on the location and function of the tooth and your preferences.

Dental Crowns Can:

  • Protect a weak tooth from breaking
  • Restore a tooth that has been broken or damaged
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a discolored tooth
  • Make a dental bridge
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The Dental Crowns Process

The first step in receiving a dental crown is a consultation with your dentist. The dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth and teeth to ensure that a dental crown is the best option for you. Most people don’t realize that there are different dental crowns in San Diego — the three most common are metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and all-porcelain. Your dentist will select the material based on the tooth’s location, the amount of tooth structure remaining, your bite, and your aesthetic goals.

After deciding on the right material for you, the dentist will take x-rays and impressions (molds) of your teeth. These x-rays and impressions are used to prepare the crown using the in-office 3D printing technology. While the porcelain crown is prepared, the dentist will prepare and shape your tooth to receive the dental crown. Once the dental crown is prepared, the dentist will attach it to your tooth using dental cement. The crown is polished and modified to ensure optimal aesthetic and functional results.

We Offer Tooth-Colored Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain crowns offer many benefits over other types of crowns. Perhaps the most obvious benefit is their natural appearance. Porcelain crowns are made to match the color of your teeth so they blend in and look just like your own teeth. Porcelain crowns are strong and durable and can last for a decade or more with proper care. Since porcelain is a strong material, it’s not easily damaged. Furthermore, porcelain is hypoallergenic, so there’s no risk of allergies. That’s why we primarily offer tooth-colored dental crowns in San Diego.

Benefits of Porcelain Crowns:

  • Make your smile look better by covering up damaged or misshapen teeth
  • Improve your bite by restoring a tooth to its original shape
  • Make it easier to chew by covering up a damaged tooth
  • Protect a weak tooth from breaking
  • Replace a missing tooth by covering a dental implant
  • Look completely natural and perfect
  • Improve overall self-esteem, confidence, and comfort

Caring For Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are very strong, but it’s still important to take care of them. Be sure to brush your teeth twice daily and floss at least once daily. You must also avoid biting your nails, chewing hard candy, and eating ice. These hard objects can damage your dental crown. Furthermore, you must visit the dentist once every 6 to 12 months for regular checkups.

Crowns vs. Veneers

Crowns and veneers are popular dental treatments aimed at enhancing the appearance of teeth, yet they serve different purposes. Dental crowns encase the entire tooth surface above the gum line. They are primarily used to restore severely damaged or weakened teeth, providing structural support and durability. Crowns are ideal for teeth with extensive decay, large fillings, or fractures, offering long-term protection and strength.

On the other hand, veneers are thin shells typically made of porcelain or composite resin bonded to the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. Unlike crowns, veneers require minimal tooth preparation and are mainly used for cosmetic purposes, such as covering stains, closing gaps, or reshaping teeth. While both crowns and veneers can enhance smiles, the choice between them depends on the extent of tooth damage and the desired outcome.

Advantages of Crowns Over Veneers:

  • Provide structural support for weakened teeth
  • Cover extensive damage or decay
  • Offer long-term durability and strength
  • Suitable for teeth with large fillings or fractures
  • Restore functionality to damaged teeth without compromising aesthetics

Meet Dr. Roya Mirkhan

Dr. Roya Mirkhan, a prominent dentist affiliated with Scripps in San Diego, heads Advanced Dentistry & Implant Center, a cutting-edge clinic renowned for implant dentistry, cosmetic procedures, periodontics, and comprehensive full-mouth restoration, including dental crowns. With over two decades of experience, Dr. Mirkhan has revitalized countless smiles, surpassing expectations. Her unwavering commitment to innovation ensures personalized solutions for each patient, guiding them towards their perfect smile.

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Crowns FAQs

What is the average cost of a dental crown in San Diego?

The cost of dental crowns in San Diego can vary depending on several factors. To get an accurate quote, please schedule a consultation. Our dentist will assess your specific needs and provide an accurate estimate.

How much is a dental crown without insurance?

The cost of a dental crown without insurance can vary depending on the location, type of crown, the material used, and more. Please schedule a consultation for an evaluation, following which we can provide an accurate quote.

What are the 3 types of dental crowns?

The three common types of dental crowns are ceramic (porcelain), porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM), and metal crowns (such as gold or silver). Each type has its advantages and considerations, and your dentist can help you choose the most suitable option.

Are getting dental crowns painful?

The process of getting dental crowns is generally not painful. Local anesthesia is used to numb the area, ensuring you remain comfortable throughout the procedure. Some individuals may experience mild sensitivity or discomfort afterward, but it is usually manageable and temporary.

Can you get a crown without a root canal?

Yes, dental crowns in San Diego can be placed without requiring a root canal. However, if the tooth has significant decay or damage to the pulp, a root canal might be necessary before placing the crown. Your dentist will evaluate your specific situation to determine the appropriate treatment.

How long is a dental crown procedure?

The traditional dental crown procedure usually takes two visits. However, we offer same-day crowns that can be completed in a single visit. Your dentist will prepare the tooth, take digital impressions, and use advanced technology to create and bond the permanent crown to your tooth in one session — the entire process takes a few hours.

How long do dental crowns usually last?

The lifespan of dental crowns in San Diego can vary depending on various factors, such as oral hygiene, biting forces, and the material used. On average, dental crowns can last 5 to 15 years or even longer with proper care, regular check-ups, and good oral hygiene practices.

What's the difference between a dental cap and a dental crown?

The terms “dental cap” and “dental crown” are often used interchangeably to refer to the same dental restoration. Both terms describe a custom-made covering that fits over a damaged or decayed tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance.

Why Choose Advanced Dentistry & Implant Center?

Advanced Dentistry & Implant Center is a state-of-the-art dental clinic specializing in cosmetic dentistry, implant dentistry, and restorative dentistry. We are committed to helping you achieve and maintain the perfect smile. To that end, our Scripps-affiliated dentist uses cutting-edge technologies, such as Invisalign & ClearCorrect, and techniques to address your specific goals and improve the functionality and appearance of your teeth. We ensure you can walk out of the dental clinic with the perfect teeth after one session. Please schedule a consultation to explore your options for dental crowns in San Diego.

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