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Dental Crowns For Milpitas & San Jose

Dental crowns, also referred to as tooth crowns or caps, are restorations that are placed over teeth to deal with trauma or decay. San Jose dentist Dr. Jessica Nien may recommend tooth crowns for various reasons.

 Reasons For Crowns:


  • Protect broken or fractured teeth
  • Restore decayed teeth
  • Replace fractured fillings
  • Cover large fillings
  • Cover a tooth has had a root canal
  • Provide new surfaces to cover deeply discolored surfaces

Dental crowns can also be used in combination with other dental structures such as bridges and dental implants to restore complete strength and beauty to your smile. For example teeth crowns can also be part of a bridge when two neighboring teeth are given crowns to hold the replacement tooth.

If you are in the San Jose or Milpitas area and are interested in learning how tooth crowns can enhance and protect your smile, please call (408) 629-3366 or contact Sweet Tooth Care online to schedule your initial consultation with our dentists.


Types of Tooth Crowns

There are four types of dental crowns:

  • Metal (gold alloys)
  • Porcelain fused to metal
  • All porcelain
  • Ceramic

We specialize in both traditional and ceramic (CEREC) crowns and after your dental exam, the dentist will determine with you which method would be best suited for your teeth.


Traditional Dental Crowns

Porcelain is widely used in dental crowns because it has a number of factors that make it ideal for dental restorations. The surface of a porcelain crown looks and feels identical to natural tooth enamel. What’s more, porcelain crowns can be shaded to match the color of the surrounding teeth.

In addition to looking (and feeling) completely natural, porcelain is stain resistant. Porcelain is also easy to care for, requiring little to no change in your daily oral hygiene habits.

All-porcelain crowns offer a number of advantages, but are not the best solution for every tooth. We specialize in both traditional and ceramic (CEREC) crowns and after your dental consultation, the dentist will determine with you which method would be best suited for your teeth.


The Dental Crown Process (Porcelain)

To prepare a tooth for a dental crown, a portion of the enamel (the outer layer of the tooth), and sometimes even the center of the tooth, must first be prepped. In rare cases, if the decay has spread too far, a root canal may be necessary. However, if the amount of decay or damage is not too far advanced, a tooth crown can be placed after simply reducing the surface of the tooth an appropriate amount.

Once the tooth is prepared, the dentist will shape a model from which your dental crown will be made. Every tooth crown is created to fit over the specific tooth it will cover. The crown is then created from the model and permanently glued to your tooth. The dental crown will be polished or slightly reshaped to ensure the best possible fit.

The entire porcelain crown process – from preparation to placement – will take two or three office visits over the course of a few weeks. (Ceramic crowns on the other hand are able to be fitted in just one visit.)

Tooth crown maintenance is incredibly simple and will require little to no adjustment to the brushing and flossing routine you already perform to keep your dental crowns clean and attractive in between dental checkups. During your scheduled visits, the dentist will check to see if your crowns are remaining strong and make any adjustments necessary to help them maintain peak functionality for years to come.


How Long Will My Porcelain Crowns Last?

Porcelain crowns are a strong, long-lasting material. It can withstand bite pressure very well. There are a lot of factors in play, including your bite and dental hygiene for example but you can expect a porcelain crown to last for at least a decade.

We guarantee our crown work for 5 years, we use the best materials. We spend more time than average to make sure everything fits perfectly, so that your bites feel as natural as your original teeth. And we take the time to glaze it in-house to make sure the color matches with your natual teeth. This is how our crowns stand out.


What Happens If My Crown Comes Off?

If the tooth crown is properly done by a qualified dentist, it should not come off. But in the case that is does, it usually happens while you are eating, flossing or brushing your teeth. Find the crown if possible. It can usually be reattached. If you swallowed it, it will pass without a problem, but you will need to have a new crown made.

It’s important to call us as quickly as possible if you have a problem with your crown. We will see you as soon as possible in one of our two San Jose locations to correct the problem. In general, a temporary crown might come off, but since we have CEREC technology and can make your crown while you wait, we do not always need to give you a temporary crown.


What Daily Care Does a Crown Need?

Tooth crown maintenance is incredibly simple and will require little to no adjustment to the brushing and flossing routine you already perform to keep your dental crowns clean and attractive in between dental checkups. During your scheduled visits, the dentist will check to see if your crowns are remaining strong and make any adjustments necessary to help them maintain peak functionality for years to come.


Please call the Milpitas or San Jose office to schedule an appointment if you have any questions regarding your teeth including dental crowns. We look forward to seeing you



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