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Dental Crown Specialist

Irma A. Francisco, DDS

General Dentistry located in San Jose, CA

If you have a tooth with significant decay or damage, don’t assume it must be pulled out. Dental crowns can restore damaged teeth to their original functionality while preventing additional decay. If you need to save one or more teeth, Irma A. Francisco, DDS Inc., and the dental team in San Jose, California, can help. Call or schedule an appointment online today.

Dental Crown Q&A

What is a dental crown?

Dental crowns restore teeth that have significant decay or damage. Crowns are custom made to fit over the tooth from the gumline to return the tooth’s original size and shape while preventing future decay.

Dental crown materials are gold, porcelain, or zirconium, a durable type of metal categorized as a ceramic crown. Porcelain and zirconia crowns are popular as they closely match the natural color of your teeth. 

The team at Irma A. Francisco, DDS Inc. uses zirconium crowns for their durability and aesthetic appearance.

How are dental crowns placed?

Dental crowns are placed over two appointments. 

At the first appointment, your dentist prepares your tooth by removing any decay. If necessary, the structure of the tooth is built up to strengthen and support the crown. 

Next, your dentist makes an impression of your mouth with a mold or a digital scan of the tooth. You’ll wear a temporary crown while the permanent crown is created.

Your dentist places the permanent crown in your mouth during the second appointment and ensures a proper, comfortable fit. Once in place, dental cement secures it permanently to the tooth. 

What problems do dental crowns fix?

Dental crowns fix teeth that are damaged beyond what a dental filling can restore. Crowns offer both restorative and aesthetic solutions, including:

  • Protection for teeth after root canal treatment
  • Support for a dental bridge
  • Covering a dental implant
  • Improving a misshapen tooth
  • Strengthening a fractured, weak, or damaged tooth
  • Supporting large fillings when little natural tooth structure remains

If you’re unhappy with your smile, dental crowns may also improve the aesthetics of your teeth.

How do I care for a dental crown?

Caring for a dental crown is the same as caring for your natural teeth. While strong, a dental crown can break and the tooth under a crown can get cavities. To prevent damage or cavities you should brush and floss twice daily and avoid chewing hard foods, ice, or other hard objects. 

You should also visit the team at Irma A. Francisco, DDS Inc. twice annually for professional dental cleanings

To find out if a dental crown can restore your tooth function and your self-confidence, call Irma A. Francisco, DDS Inc. or book an appointment online today.