Dental Crowns Santa Rosa | Harry Albers DDS

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Dental Crowns

At this appointment, we will first use a local anesthetic to numb your tooth and the surrounding gum tissue. We will then reduce and reshape your teeth to allow for the thickness of the crown you are getting.

Once your tooth has been appropriately shaped, we will take an impression of it. Traditionally, this impression is taken with a soft rubber material, where it will be used to fashion your permanent crowns or caps in Santa Rosa.

If you are having an all-porcelain crown or cap, we also offer the option of One Appointment Crowns in Santa Rosa. This leverages computer aided design software and an on-site milling machine to fabricate your restoration will you wait or in the same day.

In more complex cases you will have to wait a few days or a few weeks while your crown is being fabricated. During this time, your tooth will be covered over by a temporary crown which is typically made from plastic. As temporary crowns and caps in Santa Rosa are usually cemented in place using temporary cement, they require extra care so as to not be dislodged. You should limit chewing on the side that has the crown and avoid eating hard or sticky foods in general.
Once your permanent crown is ready, you will come in for a second appointment to have it fitted. This means first adjusting the fit and making sure the crown is the right shape and color. We will then numb your tooth, remove your temporary crown, and cement your permanent crown in place.
Crowns can be made from high impact plastic, metal, ceramic materials (porcelain), or a combination of both. Dr. Albers and his team will be able to give you the best advice as to which of these types of crowns would be most appropriate for your situation.

All metal crowns/gold crowns are the most durable. Gold crowns withstand biting and chewing forces well, don’t chip, and rarely break. They also don’t place excessive wear on the opposing teeth. Their main drawback is cosmetic, as they are less attractive than natural looking porcelain restorations. We usually place metal crowns and caps in Santa Rosa on those teeth that are not overly visible when a person smiles.

All porcelain crowns are a good choice for front teeth, due to their natural, cosmetically pleasing appearance. Historically, they have not been as strong as other types of crowns, so are also less suited to teeth which have very stronger chewing and biting force. However, newer porcelain crowns are as strong as natural teeth. They can be used in almost all patients.

Porcelain fused to metal crowns are a hybrid between all metal crowns and all porcelain crowns. They can be a good choice for either front or back teeth, as they combine the strength of the metal sheet underneath with the attractive translucence of a porcelain surface. However, due to their limited esthetics of darkening roots as crown margins become exposed over time they are limited mostly to implant crowns.
We expect crowns and caps in Santa Rosa to last between five and fifteen years. Depending on what wear and tear the crown is exposed to, and how well you keep the tooth free of plaque at the margins (where the crown and tooth meet), a crown can last indefinitely.
There can be a variety of reasons why a crown might need to be replaced. These include the formation of tooth decay, excessive wear, breakage and a diminished cosmetic appearance.

To discuss crowns and caps in Santa Rosa with Dr. Albers, please phone us on (707) 575-1190 to make an appointment today.

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