Dental Crown

Hyun S. Bang, DDS

General Dentistry located in Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA

Damaged, decayed, or missing teeth can leave you with an incomplete or unattractive smile. The expert team of dentists at Hyun S. Bang, DDS, can create customized crowns for your teeth that are lacking in structure or appearance and preserve your ability to chew and speak properly. To explore your options for dental crowns, call the San Francisco clinic or book your appointment online today.

Dental Crown Q & A

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are custom devices your dentist places over your teeth to keep them strong and intact.

Dental crowns help strengthen teeth that are weak because of damage and make your smile look beautiful and full. They’re commonly created with strong, tooth-like materials, including:

  • Porcelain
  • Ceramic
  • Resin
  • Stainless steel
  • Other metals

Your provider at Hyun S. Bang, DDS, helps you select your material based on the positioning of the tooth that needs it and your preferences.

Some crowns are made to be strong and sturdy and others, while strong, are more focused on looking natural and blending in with your other teeth.

Why might I need a dental crown?

There are many reasons why you may need a crown for one of your teeth. Crowns can:

  • Strengthen a weak tooth
  • Restore a broken tooth
  • Hold bridges in place
  • Cover dental implants
  • Cover abnormal-looking teeth

Your dentist may recommend a crown as a necessary solution to a problem with your mouth’s structure or as a purely cosmetic modification.

What should I expect at my dental crown placement appointment?

The full procedure for getting a dental crown usually takes two appointments to complete. At your first visit, your dentist prepares the tooth by cutting it down to a size the crown can fit over. If you only have a partial tooth or if it’s too small, your dentist builds it up to a usable size.

Next, your dentist makes an impression of the tooth by scanning it to make sure the crown fits snugly. While your dentist creates the permanent crown in the following two weeks, he or she may give you a temporary one that isn’t as strong.

At your second appointment, your dentist places the permanent crown over your tooth and makes last-minute tweaks and adjustments before cementing it into place. You leave the office with a gorgeous new tooth that fits in with your smile.

How should I care for my dental crowns?

Caring for your dental crowns is easy: Just treat them as you would your regular teeth. You should brush your crowns each day thoroughly between professional cleanings and exams.

To avoid damaging or breaking your crowns, you should do your best to avoid chewing on solid objects like pencils, ice cubes, and hard candies.

For solid dental crowns that fit into your smile seamlessly, call Hyun S. Bang, DDS, or book your appointment online today.