Many people will, at some point in their lives, incur trauma or other damage to their teeth. If you have chipped, discolored, gapped, or damaged teeth, porcelain crowns can be improve both their function and appearance. Porcelain crowns are tooth caps that are custom-made and colored to cover the entire surface area of the tooth.
The process for applying porcelain crowns to your damaged teeth begins with your complimentary consultation with one of our experienced and talented cosmetic and implant dentists, Dr. Lee and Dr. Kim. They will fully examine your teeth, learn what it is about your smile you’d like to improved, and answer your questions.
The process typically takes two office visits. In the first visit, Dr. Lee or Dr. Kim will prepare the tooth by removing any decayed tissue, and shaping (prepping) it to receive the crown. They’ll take a mold (dental impression) of your teeth to send to our dental laboratory to fabricate your custom crown. You will be given a temporary crown which looks and feels like a real tooth, to wear between visits.
In your second visit, the dentist will remove the temporary crown and place your new permanent one with temporary cement. They’ll test your bite and make fine adjustments to the crown’s shape and size until your teeth come together correctly when you close your mouth. When you are satisfied with the fit and comfort, the dentist will permanently bond the crown to your tooth.
Your porcelain crown will be virtually undetectable, improving the appearance of your smile and reinforcing the strength of your natural tooth underneath.
If you are located in the San Francisco, Berkeley, or Oakland area, and would like to learn more about how porcelain crowns can improve the look of your smile, please schedule a complimentary consultation with us today.
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