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San Francisco dentist compares a metal crown to a tooth colored crown

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When a tooth is badly damaged – either from a cavity that went too long before it was identified and addressed or from trauma to the mouth – a dentist may decide that the best way to save the tooth is to fit it with a crown. A dental crown, which is also commonly referred to as a dental cap, is a restoration that is durably cemented onto the tooth. Not only does the crown cover the damage, it also provides strength and can improve alignment and appearance.

The crown procedure is straightforward and typically requires only two trips to the dentist. During the first visit the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing a small amount of the tooth’s enamel to ensure that the crown fits properly. Next, a mold will be taken and sent to a dental laboratory to create the crown. When the crown is complete, the patient will return to the dentist to have it placed.

There are several types of dental crowns available, each with their own advantages. Dr. Leo Arellano helps his patients in San Francisco understand the differences between the types of dental crowns.

  • Metal crowns – A crown made of metal is very durable and resistant to corrosion. It is also the thinnest crown available, which means that the dentist can leave more of the tooth intact. In addition to being durable the metal crown is also gentle on the opposing teeth. However, these advantages are offset for some patients by the color of the crown which is more noticeable than other options.
  • Ceramic and porcelain crowns – Crowns that are created from ceramic-based materials can be used alone or can be fused to metal. Perhaps the biggest advantage of these crowns is that they can be created to be an exact match in shade to the patient’s natural teeth. However, they are not quite as durable as metal crowns and may chip or break just like your natural teeth. Porcelain crowns are also more likely to wear down the opposing teeth.
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Crowns are an effective solution to many dental problems. They can help patients avoid needing to have a tooth extracted and can provide relief from pain and sensitivity. If you have questions about dental crowns, call the office of Dr. Leo Arellano General & Cosmetic Dentistry today.



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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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