Dental Crowns in Santee

what is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a protective cap placed over all sides of a damaged, discolored, or vulnerable tooth. Dental crowns can be made of various materials such as porcelain, metal, or zirconia. Porcelain crowns blend in with the natural teeth perfectly and are desirable for teeth located at the front of the mouth. 

When a tooth has been chipped or worn down or is missing most of its structure due to dental trauma, decay, teeth grinding, it needs to be protected with a dental crown so it doesn’t become even more damaged. A dental crown is incredibly durable and can withstand chewing forces. 

A dental crown is also often placed over a tooth that has received a root canal because it is in a weakened state or used in restorations like dental implants and bridges. To schedule an appointment for a dental crown with Dr. Michael Hanna, contact us at Santee Dental Group today.

root canal model

Did you know…

dental implant icon

With CEREC technology, dental crowns can sometimes be designed, created, and placed all in one appointment.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Call (619) 449-8622

How it works: The Root Canal process

dentist icon

thorough exams & X-rays

Dr. Michael Hanna will examine your teeth to look for signs of decay that may need to be treated first. X-rays may be taken to get a close look at the tooth’s roots.

x-ray icon

preparation of the tooth

We need to file down the same thickness of the dental crown from your tooth’s enamel for the dental crown to fit. We will administer local anesthesia to numb you and file down the enamel.

tooth with clipboard icon

impressions

After your tooth has been prepped, impressions will be taken of your teeth and sent to the dental lab to create your dental crown. The impressions show how your bite fits together and serve as a guide for the exact shape, size, and shade of your teeth.

tooth with clipboard icon

fitting

While you wait for your dental crowns to be fabricated for a few weeks, you will wear a temporary crown. Once we receive the official dental crown, we will check how it fits and if no adjustments need to be made, we will cement it to your tooth.

Did you know…

dental implant icon

Dental crowns can be used for both restorative and cosmetic reasons.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Call (619) 449-8622

Have Questions About dental crowns? Find Answers Here

arrow icon

how long do dental crowns last?

Dental crowns can last for many years but their longevity depends on the materials they are made out of. Metals such as stainless steel or gold alloy crowns are the most durable and have the longest lifespan, while porcelain crowns have the shortest they are the most aesthetically pleasing. 

Zirconia crowns blend in with real teeth for the most part but have a slightly more opaque appearance and are very durable. The lifespan of a dental crown ranges from 5-15 years depending on your oral hygiene, lifestyle, and wear and tear.

arrow icon

does it hurt to get a dental crown?

No, it is not painful to receive a dental crown. We administer a local anesthetic before we prepare the tooth for the crown and file down the enamel. Your mouth will be completely numb and the procedure is painless.

Did you know…

tooth icon

Porcelain, zirconia, or resin crowns are good alternatives to metal crowns for patients with allergies.

Ready for your next dental appointment?

Call (619) 449-8622

© Santee Dental Group

 Privacy Policy