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Dentistry at the Promenade

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Mission Valley, San Diego, CA

Dental care is both an art and science, and nothing illustrates that better than crowns. At Dentistry at the Promenade in the Mission Valley area of San Diego, California, Estela Caeg-Bustamante, DMD, and the team of skilled dental providers design crown restorations for ideal function as well as peak beauty. When you need a tooth replacement, a crown is the ideal realistic-looking restoration. They’re also perfect for protecting a damaged or weakened natural tooth. Call the office or use online booking to get started now.

Crowns Q & A

What are crowns?

Crowns are dental ceramic (high-tech porcelain) tooth restorations. A crown is sometimes called a cap, as it wraps around your entire tooth. Dentistry at the Promenade fully customizes all crowns to ensure they fit evenly, smoothly, and comfortably while looking completely natural. 

When would I need a crown?

Some of the main uses for crowns are:

Protecting weak teeth

If your tooth is broken, fractured, or becomes weakened in some other way, a crown may be the best method of preserving and strengthening your tooth. With a crown on your tooth, you can chew normally without worrying about sensitivity, pain, or tooth movement. If you need a very big filling because of tooth decay or you need a root canal procedure, you’ll likely need a crown to keep the tooth secure.

Replacing lost teeth

After you lose one or more teeth, preventing your other teeth from moving into the gap is very important. That’s where crowns and bridges come in. A bridge is a group of three or more connected teeth, typically including two crowns with a replacement tooth in the center. The crowns go over your natural teeth on both sides of the tooth socket, allowing your new replacement tooth to draw support from your healthy teeth. 

Implant restoration

With a dental implant, you have a titanium post in your jaw that acts like a natural tooth root system. The post has a small connector that rises just above your gums and a custom crown attaches firmly to it.

Crowns are sometimes used for cosmetic purposes, as well. A crown can completely alter a tooth’s appearance, making it look whiter, larger, or more attractive. 

How do crowns stay on my teeth?

Your Dentistry at the Promenade provider removes a small amount of enamel to make space for the crown. Then, they create an impression and send it to a dental laboratory for manufacture. In the meantime, you’ll wear a temporary crown.

When your permanent crown is ready, your provider removes the temporary crown and uses either a light-hardening resin or dental cement to attach it. 

Are crowns and veneers alike?

Both crowns and veneers are made of porcelain materials, and both restore your teeth. But, veneers are for the front of your teeth only. Also, veneers are thinner than crowns and thus require less tooth preparation. Overall, crowns are stronger, so they’re the option that’s usually best for major restoration.

Click the online booking tool or call Dentistry at the Promenade for the best Mission Valley dental care now.