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Dental Crowns
San Carlos, CA


A diagram of a dental crown at Frank Hsu, D.D.S. in San Carlos, CAAt Frank Hsu, D.D.S., our goal is to prevent potential tooth decay and dental diseases. Unfortunately, this is not always possible. Many of our patients require restorative treatment even with a strong oral hygiene regimen. If tooth decay becomes severe, you may need a dental crown. If a tooth cannot be saved, then an extraction may be necessary. We offer several restoration options for missing teeth, but the dental crown is the most commonplace.

What Is a Dental Crown?


A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cover that protects the visible portion of a damaged tooth. Dr. Hsu may recommend a dental crown to:
•  Prevent a weak tooth from cracking
•  Replace a large filling after too much healthy tooth structure is lost
•  Restore a broken or cracked tooth
•  Cover a severely discolored tooth
•  Cover a severely misshaped tooth
•  Cover a dental implant screw
•  Strengthen a tooth that has undergone root canal treatment
•  Support a dental bridge

We must completely reshape the tooth to accommodate the dental crown. Once a significant portion of the enamel is removed, we take an impression of the area. This impression will be used to fabricate your final crown. After the crown is ready, we will permanently cement it to the enamel. This procedure usually requires at least two appointments and several weeks to complete. We may give you a temporary crown during the fabrication process.

Restoration Materials


Most restorations these days are fabricated using the finest materials available, including porcelain and zirconia. These materials are ceramic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural enamel. Porcelain and zirconia not only contain the same light-reflective properties as enamel, but also unmatched durability. Under the right circumstances, a ceramic restoration can last for many decades. Composite resin, a putty-like material, can also be used to fabricate a dental crown. While cost-effective, these restorations do not possess the same benefits as their ceramic counterparts.

Schedule an Appointment


Do not ignore problematic or missing teeth. If you would like to learn more about our restorative treatments like dental crowns or dental bridges, call 650.262.1940, and schedule your appointment now!
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Frank Hsu, DDS
1553 Laurel St, Suite A,
San Carlos, CA 94070-5114
Phone: 650.262.1940
Fax: 650.592.1220
Email: frankhsu@sancarlosdental.com

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