Dental crowns may increase your overall dental health and instill confidence for years to come.

As a top dentist in San Ramon, Dr. Khandaqji, DDS prescribes dental crowns when a tooth or teeth are too badly decayed, broken or cracked to be easily restored with a filling and are normally needed for teeth that have had root canals. They are also placed on dental implants to replace missing teeth. They can be made entirely of gold or porcelain fused to a gold substrate for strength and beauty. However, with new technology, dental crowns can be made entirely from high-strength ceramic and porcelain for beautiful cosmetic results.

Crowns or onlays (partial crowns) are needed when there is insufficient tooth strength remaining to hold a filling. Unlike fillings which apply the restorative material directly into your mouth, fabricated away from your mouth. Your crown is fabricated in the office using state-of-the-art technology. TCrowns or onlays (partial crowns) are needed when there is insufficient tooth strength remaining to hold a fillinghen sculpted just for you so that your bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is placed.  It completely covers a tooth above the gum line. This is in contrast to a dental veneer, which only covers a tooth’s front surface and needs natural tooth structure to support it. The process of placing a crown typically begins with careful reshaping of the original tooth. San Ramon dentist Dr. Khandaqji will anesthetize the area of the tooth to be crowned, then remove any decayed material as well as any healthy portion that may need to be eliminated in order to prepare the tooth for the dental crown. The amount removed depends on the condition of the tooth and the type of dental crown being used. Once the tooth is prepared, an digital scan will be taken so that the dental crown can be made to precisely fit the tooth. At this point, the patient is given a temporary to protect the tooth until the next visit, when the permanent is placed.

San Ramon Dentist Dr. Khandaqji prepares the tooth where all the sides of the tooth are “cut down” and parallel with a high-speed hand piece. An impression is then taken and a temporary is made. Later, one of three permanents is then fabricated in the lab. Traditionally, they have been made out of metal. These are strong and long-lasting, but terribly conspicuous. Newer crowns can be made from porcelain or resin materials that hold up well and look like natural teeth.

Also referred to as “dental caps” offer a solution for teeth that are too badly damaged to be corrected with tooth-colored fillings or veneers.