Crowns

Hayward Dentistry

Chen Tsung Chang, DDS

General Dentistry located in Hayward, CA

Are you considering dental crowns to replace missing teeth? Crowns are the right choice for many men and women, and they might be the right choice for you, too. According to findings from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 15 million people in the United States have crowns put in place of missing teeth. Chen Tsung Chang, DDS, of Hayward Dentistry, is an experienced professional, so if you think you may need a crown, book an appointment online or call today. Hayward Dentistry is conveniently located near you in Hayward, California.

Crowns Q & A

What is a dental crown?

A crown is a piece of metal, plastic, ceramic, or porcelain that covers a damaged tooth. It's crafted to look like the original tooth and can improve its appearance and strength. The crown acts as a protective covering, as it's fitted over the original tooth so that the visible portion of the tooth is encased. It's sealed in place with dental cement.

Do I need a crown?

Dr. Chang may suggest a crown for many reasons. A crown can cover a dental implant or stained or worn tooth.

A crown can do more than improve the appearance of a tooth. It can protect and hold together a weak tooth. Teeth that are weakened by decay or extremely large fillings are at risk of breaking unless they're strengthened with a crown.

Dental crowns can restore your smile's beauty. They can also be a reliable solution for teeth that need strengthening as a result of severe decay, cracks, fractures, or fillings.

What type of crown is best for my teeth?

There are a variety of dental crown materials to consider. Crowns can be made from:

  • Stainless steel
  • Gold or another alloy
  • Porcelain fused to metal
  • Resin
  • Ceramic

The material used depends on a range of factors. For instance, stainless steel is typically the go-to material for temporary crowns. Prefabricated stainless steel crowns are a frequent choice for children who have decayed baby teeth and need crowns.

Metal crowns are durable and able to tolerate the impact of chewing and biting, but because of their color, they're commonly used on teeth in the rear of the mouth.

Porcelain fused to metal crowns are more aesthetically pleasing than stainless steel crowns, but they aren't perfect. For example, the metal portion of the crown might show as a dark line close to the gums. The opposing teeth may also experience more wear than they would with another type of crown.

All-resin crowns are more affordable, which makes them an appealing choice for many patients, but they're also more prone to fractures. All-ceramic crowns are the best choice for men and women with metal allergies.

What's involved with a dental crown procedure?

A dental crown procedure typically involves two visits to the dentist, at a minimum. The first visit will include X-rays so that Dr. Chang can evaluate the condition of the tooth in question.

Next, Dr. Chang will administer anesthesia to numb the tooth and surrounding tissues. The tooth is built up or filed down so that the crown will fit snugly. After, Dr. Chang will take an impression of your teeth. The impression will go to the dental lab and be used to create a custom crown. Dr. Chang will cover your tooth with a temporary crown until the permanent custom crown is finished.

Getting a dental crown can be a simple, easy process. To discuss your crown options, contact the experienced team at Hayward Dentistry or make an appointment online.