Dental Crowns

San Diego Dentist & Dental Crowns with Dr. Paul Coleman

Dental crowns are shaped similar to the way the tooth it will cover appeared when it was healthy. They are designed to fit tightly over your natural tooth and restore the appearance, shape, size and strength of the outer portion of the tooth. Once the crown is cemented into place, it will completely cover the visible portion of the tooth. In certain cases, a crown may also be placed over a new dental implant. At the Coleman Center for Cosmetic Dentistry in San Diego, California, we design dental crowns to closely match the shape and color of your natural teeth.

Why Place a Dental Crown?

Dental crowns are placed for the following restoration purposes:

  • To support a tooth that is made up of more filling than enamel
  • To hold a cracked tooth together
  • To prevent a weakened tooth from breaking
  • To cover a tooth that has a large amount of decay
  • To restore a broken or worn tooth
  • To cover a dental implant
  • To cover a tooth that has undergone a root canal
  • To hold a dental bridge in place
  • To cover a severely discolored tooth
  • To cover a severely misshapen tooth

Dental Crown Materials

Permanent dental crowns may be made from a variety of different materials depending on your needs, the cost and purpose of the crown and the types of material the dentist prefers. Crowns can be made entirely of metal, porcelain fused to metal, all porcelain, or resin materials.

Gold crowns (all metal) should only be placed in areas that cannot be seen when the patient smiles because they are highly visible. Crowns made of resin materials generally have a flat, dull appearance that makes them more noticeable when placed next to natural teeth.

Porcelain material is designed to absorb and reflect light the way the enamel of a natural tooth does. It also resists staining and is very durable, allowing it to function the way a natural tooth does. Dr. Paul Coleman places porcelain crowns in circumstances where fillings cannot offer the strength and coverage needed to properly restore the damaged tooth.

If you think you may need a dental crown, please contact the Coleman Center for Cosmetic Dentistry serving San Diego, La Jolla and Poway, California to schedule a complimentary consultation today.