Dental Crowns in Santa Rosa
Most dentistry looks like dentistry. Our goal is to provide dentistry that is undetectable. We replace existing crowns and fillings with restorations that look and feel like your natural teeth.
A crown is an indirect restoration that is cemented on a tooth to strengthen a tooth that has had extensive decay or damage to the tooth. There are many different kinds of crowns. Our dentists try to conserve as much of the natural tooth structure as possible.
We believe in partial (inlays/onlays), veneers, and full coverage crowns depending upon what is left of the remaining tooth structure. Sometimes we even have to make bridges, which are full crowns attached to one another to close space for a missing tooth.
Fillings Vs. Crowns
Where damage to a person’s teeth is extreme, and apparently beyond repair, we can use porcelain or porcelain “pasted on gold” crowns to make the smile appear “as new”. This is an extremely reliable technique for repairing the most severe of dental problems, even permanently replacing missing teeth to offer a complete smile and a functional bite.
We are renowned for the quality of our work and the fantastic changes we make for people using this technology. These treatments are used for the long-lasting correction of major dental problems. It is usual for these treatments to last for 20 to 30 years, which is as close to permanent as dental treatment can get.
“Annie presented with a very deep bite and worn teeth. Dr Temnitzer completed a full arch of crowns to help open up her collapsed bite and dramatically enhance the esthetics of her smile.”
“This patient had Invisalign done by Dr. Anderson to idealize tooth position prior to placing two cosmetic crowns”
“Santosh had decayed teeth due to drinking too much sweet tea. Dr. Erlach restored her smile with Empress porcelain crowns.”
“Blake had two very dark teeth. Dr. Erlach was able to achieve excellent results with whitening and two porcelain crowns to improve this young man’s life.”
“Cindy had old, unattractive crowns that were dark at the gum line. Dr. Erlach corrected this common problem by replacing the old crowns with life-like Empress crowns to give her a beautiful, natural-looking smile.”
“Laura had short teeth and an unattractive old crown. After a gum lift, Dr. Anderson restored her smile with a crown and veneer”
“Teeth with large silver-mercury fillings or cracks can be restored with CEREC crowns. Dr. Erlach completed them in one day.”
“Dr. Erlach uses porcelain crowns to give patients a dramatic improvement in their smile.”
“Dr. Erlach replaced this patient’s old restorations with porcelain crowns as well as a bridge to replace her missing lower teeth.”
Don’t Wait Any Longer to Fix Your Teeth
Dental crowns can correct major dental problems. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!
Dental Crown FAQs
How long do dental crowns last?
The average crown is estimated to last around 10 years. Crowns can fail due to traumatic habits such as chewing ice or grinding/clenching. Tooth decay is still the most common failure of the tooth that had been crowned and a new crown must be fabricated. Yes, a tooth that has been crowned can still get decay if oral hygiene is not immaculate.
How much tooth is needed for a crown?
A crown may be needed if not enough tooth structure is remaining to place a filling. However, a healthy amount of tooth structure is needed to hold a crown in place safely. If the decay-infected tooth structure is too far below the gum line, a crown may not be possible anymore and the tooth may need to be extracted.
Is a tooth crown painful?
When a tooth is prepared for a crown, a layer of tooth structure must be removed. For the patient to be comfortable, local anesthetic is used to prevent a painful experience.
How are dental crowns made?
Some crowns are made in a local laboratory, other crowns can be made in-house with a high-tech milling machine and custom finish by the dentist.
What are dental crowns made of?
There are a variety of materials that may be selected for crowns. A material is selected for its esthetics or strength, depending on patient requirements:
Porcelain, Zirconia, Metal Alloy, or a combination thereof.
Do dental crowns stain?
No, crowns do not pick up stains like natural teeth do.
Can dental crowns be whitened?