What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns, also known as caps, are used to strengthen and improve the cosmetic appearance of a damaged, cracked or broken tooth. Crowns can also be used to replace missing teeth as part of a dental bridge. The dentists at Sikka Dental in San Jose, CA, Dr. Nidhi Sikka and Dr. Mona Chattha, recommend dental crowns for a number of restorative and cosmetic dentistry problems.
Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry in San Jose, CA
Crowns are one of the most versatile and effective dental treatments available, and are a staple of both cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Virtually every form of tooth damage can be repaired with a crown. The most well known and common use for a dental crown is to restore a tooth after a bad chip or break. Crowns are also used as part of a bridge to replace a missing tooth. They can also seal a tooth after root canal treatment, strengthen a badly cracked tooth, and restore a badly decayed tooth when a standard dental filling is insufficient.
In cases of severe decay, a crown can be used to preserve the remaining healthy portion of the tooth, and prevent an extraction. Modern crowns are typically made of porcelain, which closely resembles the surface of natural teeth, and may be more resistant to staining than other filling materials. Crowns can also be made from a combination of porcelain and metal for strength and durability, and metal alloys. The lifespan of a crown will vary from person to person, but on average a good crown restoration can last over a decade, often longer.
Find a Dentist in San Jose, CA
Whether you are missing teeth, just need to whiten your teeth a few shades to refresh your smile, or are overdue for a dental exam and professional cleaning, Sikka Dental offers a range of cosmetic and restorative dental services, including sedation dentistry, for the entire family. Call (408) 259-1280 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sikka or Dr. Mona today.