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Dental Crown


Rendered image of dental crowns at Palo Alto Oral Health, Palo Alto, CADental crowns are essentially what you might guess–covers for your teeth. Sometimes referred to as caps, a crown is customized to fully surround and encase a single tooth. Crowns are used to cover a damaged or misshapen tooth, so it is restored to its normal shape and size. Our doctors can evaluate your specific needs and make recommendations, which may include the use of a dental crown.

Do I need a dental crown?


There are several cases where a crown may be necessary. This can include:
•  Large Filling: When the patient has developed a large cavity, also known as caries, the strength of the tooth has been severely compromised. Removing the decay leaves a large cavity in the tooth, which can be filled with filling material such as composite or amalgam, but the tooth has still been weakened. We can add a layer of strength by capping the tooth with a dental crown.
•  Follow a Root Canal Therapy Procedure: Similar to a tooth that has suffered from a deep cavity when a root canal therapy procedure is performed, we are compromising the strength of the tooth. Though your fully grown tooth does not need the pulp for growth, the tooth does become brittle and is subject to breakage. We can provide the tooth with a layer of protection by surrounding it with a dental implant.
•  One Side of a Dental Bridge: Missing teeth can be replaced with a dental bridge, to do that we need a tooth or implant to anchor the bridge. Dental bridges consist of two crowns that plank each end and false teeth between.
•  Damaged Teeth: Teeth can become damaged and broken. Patients can have teeth become damaged from decay, hairline fractured, breakage of the enamel, and more. We can restore the size, shape, and health of the tooth by adding a layer of protection with a dental crown.


Placing a Dental Crown


Crowns are placed over two dental appointments. At the first appointment, we assess the damage or need. This may be immediately following decay removal or root canal therapy treatment. We will evaluate the health and structure of the tooth and then make an impression of the tooth and surrounding area. The tooth is then reduced in size and shaped to allow for room for the crown to fit. We will fit you with a temporary crown at the end of this first appointment. The impression is sent to a dental lab where your crown is fabricated.

Once we have received your newly fabricated crown, we will contact you for your second appointment. We will remove the temporary crown, clean the area, check your new crown for fit. Our doctors can make adjustments as needed to perfect your bite. The crown is then cemented into place for a permanent hold.

Your dental crown will be very strong and durable; it should allow you to resume your regular diet. Dental crowns should be cared for just as you care for your natural teeth with regular brushing and flossing. If properly cared for, your crown should last you many years.

Our office proudly offers a variety of services to help you achieve your best smile at any age. Give us a call at (650) 250-4350 and let us help you find the right approach for your dental solution.



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Palo Alto, CA 94306-2548


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