Cosmetic Dentists & General Dentistry located in Laurel Heights, San Francisco, CA
If you have a tooth that has been damaged due to trauma, decay, or simply being worn down over time, a porcelain crown can help prevent more issues and restore your oral health. At Pastel Dental, Alex Pastel, DDS, Leah Life, DDS, and the team of experts provide porcelain crowns in the Laurel Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, California. Contact the practice to schedule an appointment if you have a tooth that needs restoration. Call or book your appointment online today.
Porcelain Crowns Q & A
What are porcelain crowns?
Porcelain crowns are custom-made caps that bond to your natural tooth. They are also used to adhere to an abutment that fits on top of a dental implant.
A crown fits over the targeted area to restore your natural tooth to its original size, protecting and strengthening your tooth when it can’t be repaired with fillings or other dental treatments.
Crowns are created with tooth-colored porcelain to match the natural color of your teeth. They not only provide durability for your teeth, but they give your smile an aesthetically-pleasing appearance.
Am I a candidate for porcelain crowns?
A porcelain crown might be right for you if you:
- Have chipped, broken, or weak teeth
- Have worn-down teeth
- Need a dental bridge secured in place
- Have a dental implant that needs to be covered
Porcelain crowns can also be used for cosmetic modifications. For example, a crown can cover and change the appearance of your misshapen or discolored teeth.
What are the benefits of a porcelain crown?
Crowns enhance your oral function in many ways, including:
- Restores a tooth with a cavity too large to fill
- Strengthens weak teeth
- Repairs cracked teeth
- Restores function to your tooth after a root canal
- Aids with dental plants to repair tooth loss
- Covers small or eroded teeth
- Covers discolored or misshapen teeth
When you come into Pastel Dental, your provider consults with you about your candidacy for getting porcelain crowns and explains how they can benefit your condition.
How do I take care of my porcelain crown?
After your procedure, your new crown solidly functions just like a tooth. However, you want to treat it carefully as you would your natural teeth.
The Pastel Dental team encourages you to:
- Stay away from hard, sticky foods
- Brush and floss daily
- Don’t bite your nails or chew on hard objects, such as pencils or pens
- Use a night guard if you grind your teeth
- Keep your routine dental checkups
When practicing these steps, you should have long-lasting, durable crowns for the rest of your life.
To schedule a consultation about getting porcelain crowns, call the Laurel Heights office for an appointment or book it online.