Ceramic Crowns San Diego

Our dental health is dependent on the amount of time we spend taking care of our teeth and mouth. Over time, we may begin to experience dental decay that requires serious repair and restoration to our teeth. Tooth decay can be caused by a buildup of bacteria and plaque that slowly eats away at the tooth enamel. It can also be caused by consuming too many sugary drinks and foods, and as more sugar is taken in, more acid is produced to break it down, which causes the breakdown of the tooth.

Ceramic crowns offer a solution for this decay. Dental crowns are caps that are secured over the tooth or dental implant to support and conceal broken, weak, or misshapen teeth. Crowns can be made from various materials, and the material used can sometimes have an effect on the appearance of the crown.

Traditional ceramic crowns made by a lab, while useful, may not always be the quickest option for restoring dental health. At La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry and Orthodontics, Dr. Kohani uses CEREC® (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) technology to produce ceramic crowns and complete restoration procedures in a single day to correct your dental condition.

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Benefits of CEREC Technology

No Need for a Temporary Crown

No Need for a
Temporary Crown

Traditional crowns usually take two weeks to make and require patients to wear uncomfortable, fragile temporary crowns during that time. CEREC® is an innovative device using CAD/CAM software that can create ceramic crowns in a matter of hours, eliminating the need for temporary crowns. With CEREC®, Dr. Kohani will have your crowns designed, fabricated, and fitted in one day with no downtime in between procedures.

Comfortable and Custom-Made Crowns and Veneers

Comfortable and Custom-Made Crowns and Veneers

Instead of using messy, uncomfortable, and temporary impression material, CEREC® will make an imprint of your teeth and bite contact using a 3-D digital CT scan. It can also be used to make veneers, inlays, and onlays. With CEREC® technology, your crowns will be made from natural, tooth-like ceramic material for a more comfortable and accurately fitting smile.

Long-Lasting and Satisfying Results

Long-Lasting
and Satisfying Results

Ceramic crowns designed by CEREC® technology will not only blend right in with your already existing teeth, but they will also provide a more durable and aesthetically pleasing smile for many years to come.

Ceramic Crown Process

  • Examination

    Before you proceed with any procedure, Dr. Kohani will perform a dental examination to determine the exact underlying issues. If you are experiencing extensive tooth decay that cannot be corrected with a filling, dental bridges, root canal, or dental implants, a dental crown is your best option for restoration. In some cases, other dental work may need to be done before the crowns can be placed. An examination will help to make sure you are getting the treatment you need for long-lasting tooth health.

  • Ceramic Crowns

    Once your examination is complete and the best restoration method has been determined, Dr. Kohani will prepare the tooth (or teeth) by taking a digital impression and uploading it onto the CEREC® device. Crowns are specially made to fit your mouth and ensure a good fit.

  • CEREC Technology

    Your crown specifications are uploaded into the CEREC® machinery, which will begin to construct the crown using a block of ceramic material based on the data that has been provided by Dr. Kohani. Our orthodontic assistant, Ana Torres, is a certified CEREC® designer and assists in the fabrication process, which can take up to an hour to complete.

  • Restoration Placement

    After the restorations have been produced, your crown will be stained, polished, and then placed onto your teeth. Dr. Kohani will ensure the crown fits properly while also checking your bite contact in case of any issues. If there are no issues and your crown feels comfortable, it will be cemented in place for a natural-looking smile.

Recovery

There is no downtime or recovery associated with CEREC® technology. The crown takes one hour to be created. Once it has been placed in your mouth, you are free to continue your usual routine.

Follow-Up

Follow-ups can be scheduled after your procedure if you feel your crown is in need of any necessary adjustments and to ensure it is functioning correctly.

Cost

The precise cost for a ceramic crown depends on the patient’s exact dental condition. Individual insurance companies may cover a portion of the expenses. Dr. Kohani will be happy to provide you with a detailed price quote during your examination.

Results

When placed precisely, ceramic crowns will blend perfectly with your remaining teeth for a completely streamlined look. They also provide custom and aesthetically pleasing results that will make patients look and feel great about their smile. The best way to maintain your crown following the procedure is to avoid sticky or very hard foods, stick to a dental hygiene routine and return to the dentist for check-ups.

Before & After Photos

Looking at some Ceramic Crowns Before and after photos are a great way for you, the patient, to get a realistic view of the results we provide at La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontics.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are ceramic crowns?

    Ceramic crowns are small, tooth-shaped caps that are placed over one or more teeth to better enhance the size and alignment with the rest of your smile.

  • How long would extensive procedures take for a dental restoration?

    Extensive procedures like dental implants, root canal therapy, and dental bridges may require ceramic crowns as a means of completion. These procedures can often take a few weeks or months to prepare the damaged area before the crown can be placed.

  • What does CAD/CAM software stand for?

    Computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing machines are known as CAD/CAM software. This technology helps create ceramic crowns in a short amount of time.

  • How long does it usually take for a traditional ceramic crown to be made?

    Traditional ceramic crowns require an additional week of wait time for the crowns to be created by a master ceramist and sent to the dentist’s office.

  • How long do ceramic crowns usually last?

    Ceramic crowns can last for more than 15 years when properly maintained. Patients should see their dentists for regular check-ups to ensure that their crowns are maintaining their strength.

  • Can I get ceramic crowns if I already have dental implants?

    Yes. If the restorations of your dental implants are damaged you may be able to repair them or support them with a ceramic crown. Your dentist will be able to tell you if a ceramic crown is the best solution for repairing your implant restoration.

  • How do I take care of my ceramic crowns?

    Ceramic crowns are made of durable material, but they still require care. Be sure to follow your dentists instructions for caring for your crowns. It is advised to avoid sticky, sugary, or very hard foods as they can wear and break down the crowns.

  • Are ceramic crowns better than porcelain crowns?

    There are advantages to both ceramic and porcelain crowns. Ceramic crowns offer the look of a natural tooth and may be more suitable for patients with metal allergies.

  • Will my dental crowns ever fall off?

    Ceramic crowns are placed with great care to make sure they are secure and safe to use for years to come. If a crown should fall off, it could be due to bad fitting, chipping caused by hard food, or a lack of cement.