Dental Crowns (Caps) In La Jolla
Serving the San Diego Area
Crowns are tooth-shaped caps used to restore teeth that are too damaged to be restored with a traditional filling. Though dental crowns are a very common cosmetic dentistry treatment, many La Jolla patients are reluctant to get one because of the effect they fear it could have on their smile.
Using advanced techniques and quality materials, La Jolla dentist Dr. Jacob Russell uses dental crowns that can strengthen your teeth while keeping your smile natural. To learn more, please call Jacob Russell, DDS, at (858) 459-4113 today.
What Dental Crowns Do
While dental fillings restore only a portion of a damaged tooth, crowns cover the entirety of teeth above the surface. Crowns are a more comprehensive option for concealing cosmetic flaws in teeth such as:
- Cracks or chips due to tooth decay
- Breakage resulting from trauma
- Extreme discoloration
- Abnormal shape or structure
In addition to restoring durability to damaged teeth, a crown is often the perfect finishing touch for a dental implant. Dr. Russell has helped many La Jolla patients complete their newly restored smile with a custom-made crown that seamlessly matches the natural color and trajectory of a real tooth.
Cosmetic Enhancements With Crowns
Cosmetic dentistry has seen remarkable advances over the years, and the materials and methods used for dental crowns are no exception. While your grandparents might have had no choice besides obvious, unattractive gold or metal amalgam crowns, Dr. Russell is proud to offer a more aesthetically pleasing alternative with dental ceramic.
Dental crowns made with ceramic have a number of benefits over traditional crowns, including:
- Color can be adjusted to match the shade of natural teeth
- No lost strength or stability due to temperature changes in the mouth
- Light passes through ceramic beautifully, giving your smile a natural radiance
- If the gum tissue recedes, an unsightly gray line won’t be exposed at the gum line
While many cosmetic dentists use a computer system to fabricate crowns and other restorations, Dr. Russell chooses not to use this technology. To provide better service, Dr. Russell prefers to take his time and work with the ceramic material directly to create a crown that closely fits the shape of your tooth.
By practicing good dental hygiene and maintaining all scheduled checkups with Dr. Russell, you should be able to enjoy years of good dental health and a fetching smile with your ceramic dental crown. If you need a new crown for a natural tooth or dental implant, Dr. Russell can also fabricate a sturdy, attractive replacement.
Dental Crown FAQs
Is a crown the same as a cap?
Yes, crowns and caps are the same type of restoration. During the placement process, the crown slips over the surface of the tooth and covers it, which is why it is also called a cap.
What are crowns made of?
There are several types of crowns, including tooth-colored porcelain crowns crafted from porcelain, gold or metal.
Will getting a dental crown hurt?
No, dental crown placement should not hurt. The tooth that is being restored is numbed to prevent any pain. Dr. Russell is very sensitive to the comfort of his patients and takes all precautions to prevent pain. After the numbing agent has worn off, the tooth with the crown may feel sensitive or mildly sore, but this won’t last long.
How much do dental crowns cost?
The cost of a dental crown depends on the materials used, the expertise of the lab technician and other factors. Dental insurance plans may offer partial coverage of the dental crowns cost, but the amount varies by provider and plan. The remaining balance would be the patient’s responsibility.
How long do crowns last?
Crowns are crafted from high-quality materials and designed to be long-lasting. When properly maintained, crown restorations should last for 10 to 20 years.
To learn more about how custom dental crowns can help you, contact Jacob Russell, DDS today. Dr. Russell welcomes patients throughout the San Diego area to his office in La Jolla.