Porcelain Crowns for San Diego, CA
For teeth that are badly damaged, dental crowns can be an effective treatment option. The dental crown procedure utilizes tooth-shaped coverings made of ceramic or porcelain to restore strength and eliminate discomfort. In addition, dental crowns may be used to anchor a dental bridge or to cap a dental implant post.
Types of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are made of metal, ceramic, or porcelain fused to metal. The type of dental crown material utilized during your dental crown procedure will depend on your unique needs and goals, as well as the recommendation of La Mesa cosmetic dentist Dr. Jeff Gray.
Metal Dental Crowns
Although their metallic color makes them a poor choice for highly visible teeth, dental crowns made of metal can be an ideal option for repairing decayed or damaged back teeth. They are extremely durable and can be applied with less removal of the natural tooth than ceramic or all porcelain crowns. Metal dental crowns may consist of various materials, including gold alloy, palladium, nickel alloy, or chromium alloy.
All Ceramic Dental Crowns (Porcelain Crowns)
All ceramic dental crowns may be made of porcelain, resins, or dental ceramic materials. They create an extremely natural-looking appearance and are typically used on front teeth. The tooth-colored ceramic material used in porcelain crowns is translucent, like the enamel of your natural teeth, and size and shade can be carefully matched to complement the rest of your smile. We are proud to offer one-visit CEREC ceramic crowns!
Porcelain Crowns (Porcelain Fused to Metal)
Dental crowns made of porcelain fused to metal are stronger than all-ceramic versions and more aesthetically pleasing than those made of metal. However, their metal shell gives porcelain fused to metal crowns an opaque appearance. Because they lack the reflective quality of natural teeth, porcelain fused to metal crowns are not as discreet as all ceramic or porcelain crowns.
The Dental Crown Procedure
Typically, the dental crown procedure is completed in two stages. During the first stage, your dentist will remove portions of your natural tooth’s structure to accommodate the dental crown. Surrounding teeth may also be prepared in this way. An impression will be made and sent to the lab, where your dental crown will be created in about two weeks. A temporary dental crown will be in place between visits to ensure the most natural look and feel. When you return to Dr. Gray’s San Diego area office in La Mesa, the temporary crown is removed and your new, custom dental crown is securely bonded in place.
What is the Average Cost of Dental Crowns?
The average cost of a dental crown varies. Often, the type of dental crown plays the most significant role in determining its price. For example, all ceramic or porcelain crowns tend to cost more than other types of dental crowns because they are more time-consuming and require greater skill to be applied correctly.
If you are in need of dental crowns, we invite you to come to our San Diego area office near El Cajon to see the difference porcelain crowns can make. Contact our office in La Mesa, CA today or fill in the form at the right of this page and we will contact you. We are happy to answer your dental crown questions and show you more before and after pictures of actual dental crown patients of Dr. Gray if you are in the San Diego area, including La Mesa and El Cajon.