Need a porcelain crown in the San Diego area? Looking for a cosmetic dentist to replace your existing dental crown with a metal-free porcelain crown? Are you concerned about the appearance and function of your damaged tooth? You’ve come to the right place. At San Diego Dental Health Center, our cosmetic dentist Dr. Kristallis has a strong reputation for helping people in need of assistance with porcelain crowns and cosmetic dentistry. Porcelain crowns are made completely from ceramic materials such as porcelain and zirconia. Porcelain crowns do not have a metal part that means they are better able to restore the esthetics while strengthening our patient’s teeth.
There are numerous different types of porcelain crowns. Feldspathic porcelain crowns, which may also be referred to as jacket crown are aesthetic options much like porcelain veneers. However, these feldspathic porcelain crowns are weaker in strength in comparison with modern all zirconia crowns. Lithium Disilicate all ceramic crowns may be either pressed or CAD-CAM milled. These are lifelike and translucent and can be bonded or cemented to the tooth. Pressed LD crowns are often used for the back or the front teeth. These ceramic crowns provide a great fit and natural tooth form, that allow for the ideal bite to be obtained for the patient by the dentist. To construct, fit and polish these restorations, extreme care should be taken by an experienced and thorough highly educated and trained prosthodontist and cosmetic dentist.
Porcelain dental crowns are a popular option for recreating the function and form of the tooth that is damaged since a crown completely replaces the complete external part of the tooth right to the gums. Crowns are used not only to replace your original tooth. They are also used to create a better aesthetic appearance for the patient. Many cosmetic dentists use porcelain crowns to restore their patient’s smiles and the results can be extremely successful in enhancing the patient’s appearance.
Porcelain Crown Consultations
Porcelain crowns may be used for cosmetic or structural reasons to save your tooth. Regardless of the reason, your first step is to make an appointment with one of our board-certified specialists in our San Diego office. At San Diego Dental Health Center, a board-certified Prosthodontist will look at your teeth and may identify that a tooth crown is the most appropriate option for you. In other cases, in which the problems may not be so obvious so to the naked eye, you may need to share your individual dental concerns and outline your goals for your smile, so that your dentist and you after knowing the main issues to be addressed can create an appropriate treatment plan.
Porcelain Crown and Functions
Porcelain dental crowns officially replace a tooth’s exterior portion to reconstruct the original form and function, as well as to enhance the natural appearance. When tooth decay destroys most of your original tooth, crowns are a popular treatment option, but may also be appropriate for those people who clench or grind their teeth, resulting in wear of the original structure of the patient’s teeth or even having them weakened significantly. Porcelain crowns are a major part of cosmetic dentistry and can mimic the tooth or make it look even better, while also addressing the primary concerns of the original tooth function. The veneer is thinner than the porcelain crown and in your individual situation, this additional thickness may be desired.
All veneers and crowns are secured inside your mouth using a resin cement to bond or cement between the crown and the original tooth followed by the hardening of the resin by itself or by using a special UV/LED light source. These are two different procedures. Partial crowns may also be used to restore a tooth cavity or fracture, which ultimately covers one or more of the cusps and this is known as an inlay or onlay, which unlike a direct filling in the mouth is manufactured in the lab indirectly out of porcelain or gold material. Although all the work is completed on the tooth’s chewing surface and within the cusps of the tooth, this can be undetectable from your original tooth.
Porcelain crowns do need some advanced laboratory time for creation and these may be located at a distance from your dentist, so you may be outfitted with a provisional temporary crown for some time. Certain patients might initially experience some tooth sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures after the porcelain crowns are cemented. When you consult with one of our experienced prosthodontist and cosmetic dentists with 30 years of experience, you will have a chance to ask all of your questions and the details related to your specific case.
Porcelain Crown Financing
When you visit Dr. Kristallis, a board-certified specialist with over 30 years of experience, you will receive an exceptional dental treatment. Although the cosmetic aspect of your smile is very important, the overall function of your bite and your overall oral health will never be jeopardized in order to make you look like a celebrity. Cosmetic dentists in this office will always care about your dental health and your safety first. Transforming your new smile is always done by a specialist with many years of experience. At the San Diego Dental Health Center, you are always in good hands and you can trust a pioneer in cosmetic dentistry who happens to be a UCLA and UCSD faculty as well.
If you need help to pay for your porcelain crown, you can always contact one of our friendly staff to get more information. There are a few third-party dental financing companies out there that we work closely with. CareCredit is one of the dental financing companies that we work with. They will approve you for a credit limit after they check your credit and depending on your creditworthiness the amount you get approved for will vary. You can pay for a portion or the entire cost of your porcelain crown by using your credit line with CareCredit.