Dental crowns can prevent the loss of natural teeth

Dental Crowns from San Francisco dentist

Dental crowns are primarily used in restorative dentistry; they are essentially hollow shells that are cemented over damaged or weakened teeth. They cover the entire visible portion of the teeth, restoring form and function, as well as providing protection from further damage.

Crowns are also cemented to the abutment of a dental implant to replace one or more missing teeth. After the bone has healed around an implant, an abutment is fitted to the implant and a special crown is attached to the abutment. Additionally, crowns are used to cover the anchor teeth for dental bridges.

In cosmetic dentistry, crowns can be used to cover misshapen teeth, or discolored ones that do not respond to teeth whitening. However, their use for purely cosmetic reasons has diminished due to the increasing popularity of porcelain veneers. The dental crowns San Francisco dentist, Dr. Leo Arellano, places are both restorative and aesthetically beautiful.

Crowns are crafted from a variety of materials to meet the needs and preferences of patients:

  • Gold – This material creates a restoration that is has the strength and durability to withstand the bite pressure the molars are subjected to when chewing. These crowns can be made thin and yet maintain their strength compared to than the other material options, therefore requiring less natural tooth structure to be removed for placement. The disadvantage of gold crowns is the lack of aesthetics; therefore, they are usually placed on back teeth.
  • porcelain over metal – These crowns are strong, durable, and aesthetically pleasing. They can be used on either front or back teeth. The drawback to this option is that the metal base can show through the porcelain at the base, creating a dark line.
  • all porcelain – Crowns made of porcelain are aesthetically pleasing, accurately mimicking the look of natural teeth. The porcelain reflects and refracts light, just as tooth enamel does, making them a perfect choice for front teeth. The drawback to all porcelain is that it is not as durable or strong as gold, and they may cause wear on the opposing teeth.

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With dental crowns, San Francisco area patients can save weakened natural teeth or replace missing teeth. This is important to oral health, overall health, and the psychological well-being of the patient. For more information, call 415-881-4343 today, there are options available to improve the oral health of all patients, no matter what their dental concerns may be.

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I've been going to Dr. Arellano for about 20 years and I continue because of the excellent care and treatment I get with him and his whole office team. He is both professional and personable.
Recently I had a newer technique of gum surgery/grafting at his office called, "Pinhole Surgical Technique of gum grafting." I personally found this to be much easier to handle than the other style of gum grafting that I received years ago for the other side of my mouth. That worked, it was where part of my roof of my mouth was cut and surgically sewn onto the gum. However, I much prefer the pinhole technique. It was actually the easiest dental work I've had (beyond regular cleaning.) It didn't take too long and it didn't feel uncomfortable getting it done. I was swollen, but I think that happens regardless of what kind of gum grafting is done. I needed ibuprofin for a few days, no major pain. It healed well and just felt easy. I am not a fan of having any work done in my mouth because that's me, but this was the easiest work I've ever had done.
So, if you are debating which kind of surgery to do I personally would recommend the pinhole surgery.

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We've gone to Dr Arellano for many years and have never been disappointed with any of the work he's done. Recently my husband broke a tooth and Leo got him in and had the tooth repaired within a few short hours. Service like that is very hard to finds these days. His office staff is fantastic. Nice people you are always glad to see. I would highly recommend Dr Arellano to anyone who is searching for an honest, competent, well trained dentist.

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I recently had a dental implant procedure performed by Dr. Arellano.
I could not be more pleased with the results. From the initial consultation to insertion of the implants, Dr. Arellano made this entire procedure understandable, easy, & pain-free !!
Highly recommend this professional dentist.

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