Dental Crowns & Bridges in Livermore, CA
Dental crowns are coverings that wrap around and protect the entire surface of a tooth to strengthen the existing structure and restore the natural look of your teeth. They are commonly used as a way to prevent further damage and wear to your existing teeth while allowing them to function just like the original teeth. Dental crowns can also be installed on top of dental implants or used to connect dental bridges to fill in spaces where you are missing teeth.To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.
To create custom dental crowns for your teeth, the dentist will first use E4D laser scanning and imaging technology to create virtual images of the teeth needing crowns or spaces that need filling. These images will be used to design and model personalized dental crowns to fit on top of an existing tooth’s structure or attach to dental implants that act as new roots. The crowns are then manufactured in-office or in a dental lab, sometimes the same day, depending on the complexity of the case.
The next thing the dentist has to do before installing your new dental crowns is to remove decay and shape your teeth so that the crowns fit perfectly over top of the existing structure. In many cases, the whole process can be completed in one day. However, if you need to come back for a second appointment, your dentist will fit a temporary crown to your existing teeth or dental implants to protect them until you receive your permanent crowns.
When your teeth have been prepared and the dental crowns have been manufactured, the next step is to put the permanent crowns in place and test their fit. The dentist will ensure that the spacing is correct and that your bite functions as it should. After making final adjustments, your new dental crowns will be fixed permanently in place, and you can be on your way! Keep in mind that you should continue to follow up with your crown dentist regularly to ensure everything is performing correctly.
If you have suffered extreme tooth decay or significant damage to your teeth, such as cracked, broken, or heavily filled teeth, dental crowns can be used to restore the teeth to their original appearance and functionality. A dental crown will strengthen the structure of an existing tooth to prevent further damage and wear. Dental crowns can also be used to cover teeth with heavy discoloration or fill in gaps between your teeth to rejuvenate your smile and biting ability.
Whether you’ve experienced damage to your teeth due to an accident or your teeth have worn down because of grinding or bite problems, dental crowns can be used to correct these issues. Additionally, if you’ve had large fillings or root canals performed on teeth, dental crowns can be used to cap these teeth to strengthen and protect them. Your dentist will be able to evaluate your unique case and determine if permanent crowns are a good option for you.
Some Common Uses of Dental Crowns:
- Fix cracked or broken teeth
- Protect weak teeth from fracturing
- Prevent further deterioration of worn-down teeth
- Strengthen or replace heavily filled teeth
- Attach dental bridges or cover dental implants to fill gaps
- Restore bite functionality
- Cap teeth that have had root canals performed
- Cover extremely discolored teeth
- Improve the overall appearance of your teeth and restore your natural smile
Our dental crowns are made from porcelain that looks just like your regular teeth and has all the same functionality. Once fitted, your porcelain crowns can be glazed and polished to closely match the color and appearance of the rest of your teeth. Our dentist is highly experienced in creating natural-looking dental crowns that you won’t even notice are there.
When properly cared for, dental crowns provide long-lasting correction of even the most extreme dental issues. In many cases, they will last for 20-30 years, which is as close to permanent as you can expect from any type of corrective dental procedure. Keep in mind that to keep your dental crowns in their best shape and ensure their longevity, it is essential to maintain good oral hygiene and receive regular dental checkups and cleanings.
Our Dental Services
Technology & Safety
Providing a safe and relaxing environment, supported by the use of technology, is a top priority at Brent C. Lin, DDS. We are proud to share just some of the technology and tools we provide to our patients.
Cerec 3D CAD-CAM technology
Advanced technology that creates a 3D image of your teeth, eliminating the need for temporary crowns and a second visit.
Panoramic/CBCT (Cone beam) Imaging
Advanced diagnostic technology that takes panoramic and/or 3D images of your skull to increase diagnostic capabilities — all in about 14 seconds! All you do is stand there!
State-of-the-art sterilization machine (used by only 3% of practices)
Computerized anesthetic delivery system that achieves painless, efficient injections to patients
Computerized Dental Record
Computerized dental health records and management system. Online patient can also access to dental records.
Highly Trained Staff
Highly trained and licensed providers and staff