Dick W Koo, DDS
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Crowns (Caps)

Crown Options in San Jose

Crowns are vital in restoring and preserving the function of a tooth that has severe damage. They prevent tooth loss and they protect the health of surrounding teeth and the jaw bone. Crowns also become a permanent fixture in your smile, so you want to carefully choose one that suits your smile and your lifestyle. 

Dr. Dick Koo provides a wide variety of crown types, and he helps you understand the qualities of each one, so you receive the best crown for your smile. Serving people in San Jose, Los Gatos, and Campbell, Dr. Koo maintains the highest standards in quality dentistry that also adds beauty and appeal to smiles. 

Types of Dental Crowns for Durable and Healthy Smiles

There are primarily four different types of crowns: gold, ceramic, porcelain fused to metal, and zirconia. Each type has a different appearance and offers different benefits. Understanding the basic differences between crown types can help you choose a crown that best suits the unique situation of your smile,    

Ceramic crowns are made of porcelain and they are ideal for restoring front or anterior teeth because their color can be matched to surrounding tooth enamel. There are different types of ceramic crowns. Some are more aesthetic, providing the translucence of natural teeth. Aesthetic crowns are typically placed on the visible teeth in the “smile zone.” Bruxer crowns are formulated for strength and durability, and they are usually placed on molars that do the biting and chewing; they can withstand large amounts of force and pressure. 

Porcelain Fused to Metal (PFM) combines the strength of metal with the beauty of porcelain for a crown that is long-lasting and beautiful. The frame can be made of an amalgamation of different types of metal, including gold, palladium, platinum, silver, nickel, cobalt, chromium or beryllium. The porcelain fused to the metal give the crown a lifelike and lustrous appeal.  

Gold Crowns are superior in strength and durability to any other crown. They also are biocompatible with gum-tissue, eliminating any fears of allergic reactions. Gold has the consistency of natural enamel, which protects surrounding teeth. Those that have heavy bites or issues of tooth grinding benefit from gold crowns. The gold color does not blend in with tooth enamel, which is why many people choose not to place them on their teeth. 

Zirconia is made entirely of metals for a highly durable restoration. Crowns made of zirconia look similar to natural tooth enamel, but they lack some of the luster and luminosity of porcelain crowns. These crowns can be measured, fitted, and placed on teeth in a single appointment, which makes them very convenient.  

Contact Dr. Dick Koo in San Jose to Learn More About Dental Crowns

To learn more about the different options available when looking to crown a tooth, contact the dental office of Dr. Dick Koo. He uses both art and science to give you a healthy and beautiful smile. Located in San Jose, Dr. Koo and his dedicated team look forward to hearing from you. 


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