A crown is a covering that will wrap and protect the entire surface of a tooth, allowing it to look and function just like the original tooth. Crowns work to strengthen the tooth while protecting the existing structure, extending the life of the tooth longer than it would be with a filling or another restoration.
Reasons for Choosing a Dental Crown
Dental crowns can correct a variety of problems that you might be experiencing with your teeth:
Types of Dental Crowns
There are three main types of dental crowns available, and we'll help you choose the right one for your mouth:
All Porcelain: The all porcelain crown is one of the most aesthetically pleasing options, but it is generally only recommended for the front teeth. When placed on the rear teeth, the risk of fracture with these crowns will increase.
Gold: Gold crowns are extremely durable, and they are best suited for the back molars where they cannot be seen. Gold crowns are useful for people who clench or grind their teeth. Gold crowns tend to be most similar to your natural teeth, which will allow the tissue to quickly adapt to the restoration, and a minimal amount of your natural tooth structure will need to be removed to have the crown put into place.
Porcelain Fused to Metal: This type of crown will feature a metal base with porcelain attached to the outside, making the restoration more attractive than an entirely metal option. If you want the durability of a gold crown but want your tooth to look as natural as possible, this would be a great selection. Some risk does still exist regarding fractures, but in the event of a chip or break, it is usually just the outer porcelain portion that is damaged.
The Dental Crown Procedure
If you'll be getting a dental crown, you can plan on having two appointments to complete the process. At your first visit, the tooth will be prepared by removing decay, and the surface will be shaped so it can fit the crown. We will take impressions of your teeth so your customized crown can be created, and you'll likely wear a temporary restoration while we wait for your crown to be finished.
At your follow-up appointment, we'll take off your temporary crown and will carefully place the permanent one in place. We'll also ensure proper bite and spacing.
After your appointment, we'll encourage you to follow up with us regularly. While proper oral hygiene is essential, you'll also need regular dental care to ensure that your crown is in the best possible shape.
Dr. Arielle Liberman
Dr. Liberman is a highly skilled dentist with over a decade of clinical experience in the Bay Area.Her training includes a year long residency in Advanced General Dentistry at the University of California San Francisco following her graduation from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Liberman has experience treating the dental needs of an entire family, from young children to seniors. She and her staff are committed to caring for each patient with the highest professional standards in an environment of gentle and personalized care.
I've been coming here for half a year now, Arielle and her team are always so friendly and thorough. They answer all of my questions and are very great at working with my schedule. And of course they do great work on my teeth.
Our office is located at 2497 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, CA in the Portola District, near the Silver Avenue exit of 101.
We serve our neighbors in Bernal Heights, Mission Terrace, Visitation Valley, Excelsior, and the Bayview District, and all over San Francisco and the Bay Area. We are proud of our beautifully updated treatment rooms and state-of-the-art technology in the Bay Area.
Arielle Liberman DMD
FAMILY & COSMETIC DENTISTRY
2497 San Bruno Ave, San Francisco, CA 94134