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By Harbor Mesa Dental Care
November 22, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental crowns  

There are many options to consider when choosing the right cosmetic dentistry procedure for you, and dental crowns are no exception. If your tooth is decayed or damaged, dental crowns may be a solution to restore your tooth and your smile! For dental crowns in Costa Mesa, CA, your dental experts at Harbor Mesa Dental Care, Dr. Sanacore, Dr. Kunert, and Dr. DeBourg-Shilaimon, are here to help!

Types of Crowns

There are many different types of dental crowns in Costa Mesa, CA, that are available today, distinguished by the type of material from which it is made. Each type will come with a different cost, durability, and aesthetics, which is why it is important to be informed to make the decision that is right for you. Your dentist is also available to help answer any questions and help you make this decision.

The most common types of crowns include all-porcelain crowns, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, and zirconia crowns. Other types of crowns available but which are becoming less common include all-resin crowns, stainless steel crowns, and gold crowns.

Pros & Cons of Each

All-porcelain crowns blend in the best with natural teeth, and therefore they are often ranked most popular due to their aesthetic appeal. However, all-porcelain crowns also come with the largest price tag and are less durable than some of the other metal or metal-fused-to-porcelain alternatives.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns offer increased durability and fit as compared with all-porcelain crowns and are typically more affordable. However, their weakness comes with their lack of aesthetic appeal, as the presence of the metal creates a visible dark line on the surface of your tooth.

Zirconia crowns have an advantage over porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns in that they are around the same cost but have greater durability and aesthetic appeal. One disadvantage to zirconia crowns is that if you begin to experience any tooth decay below the surface of the crown, it can be nearly impossible to see. Therefore, zirconia crowns can make oral health more challenging over time.

Making the Choice

It is important to remember that the decision for which type of crown is best for you will come down to your budget, needs, and lifestyle. Consult your dentist to determine the most suitable option for you! For dental crowns in Costa Mesa, CA, come see Dr. Sanacore, Dr. Kunert, and Dr. DeBourg-Shilaimon of Harbor Mesa Dental Care. For additional questions or to make an appointment today, please call (714) 825-0025.

By Harbor Mesa Dental Care
July 30, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Dealing with a damaged smile? Our restorative dentists can help with that!

There are certainly a lot of dental options out there when it comes to repairing damaged or even missing teeth. Our Costa Mesa, CA, dentists Dr. Sanacore, Dr. Kunert and Dr. DeBourg-Shilaimon are happy to offer amazing and reliable options like dental crowns and bridges. Yes, we know these restorations aren’t new and that they’ve actually been around for a while but why change a good thing?

When do I need a dental crown?

A dental crown is a pretty versatile dental restoration. While it’s mainly used to cover over a damaged or broken tooth it can also be used to,

  • Replace a large filling
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Improve the appearance of a misshapen or malformed tooth
  • Protect a tooth that is worn and prone to damage
  • Strengthen a weak tooth
  • Support a dental bridge

Both crowns and bridges are uniquely made based on impressions that our Costa Mesa, CA, general dentists will take of your mouth. Crowns are even matched to the rest of your smile so that your new restoration’s shade is as close as possible to your natural teeth.

When do I need a dental bridge?

If you are missing a tooth then a dental bridge could be the solution you’ve been looking for. Just like a dental crown, a bridge is custom-made to fit your smile. Then two dental crowns are crafted and placed over natural teeth that surround the gap. Attached between the two crowns is a false tooth, which will be your replacement tooth.

The crowns are used to support the bridge and stabilize your new tooth. Of course, in order for a dental bridge to be right for you, you will need to have healthy natural teeth that will be able to support this kind of dental restoration.

As you can see, crowns and bridges can help to strengthen and restore your smile both in function and appearance. If you are dealing with a damaged or missing tooth, then turn to the Costa Mesa, CA, dental team at Harbor Mesa Dental Care to find out if crowns and bridges are right for you. To schedule an appointment, simply call us at (714) 825-0025.

By Harbor Mesa Dental Care
February 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out when dental crowns and bridges could improve your smile.restorative dentistry

When you are faced with dental problems the first thing you want to do is to find a treatment option that will give you back a healthy and attractive smile. While no one likes to deal with dental issues, they happen to a lot of people, and when they happen it’s important that you have our Costa Mesa, CA, dentists Dr. Sanacore, Dr. Kurt and Dr. DeBourg-Shilaimon by your side to provide you with the restorative dental care you need.

You probably know what a dental crown is. It’s a tooth-shaped cap that is designed to fit over a tooth that is weak or damaged. A lot of people have dental crowns. Maybe you have one. This restoration is truly a wonderful way to protect a tooth from further damage or decay. Furthermore, a crown may also be placed over a tooth that is severely discolored or misshapen to improve its shape, color or overall appearance. The great thing about crowns is that they offer both cosmetic and restorative benefits.

Of course, crowns also play a role in getting dental bridges. A dental bridge is a fixed oral device that is designed to replace a single missing tooth or multiple teeth in a row. A bridge contains a false tooth that is bonded to two dental crowns. The dental crowns, which sit on both sides of the false tooth (also called a pontic), are then cemented over natural healthy teeth that are next to the open gap.

In order to get a dental bridge, our Costa Mesa, CA, restorative dentist will need to make sure that you have strong, healthy teeth to support not just the crowns but also the false tooth or teeth.

Both crowns and bridges are custom-made to fit your smile, so we will need to take impressions. These impressions will then be sent to a dental laboratory where they will get to work making your beautiful restoration. In the meantime, we may place a temporary crown or bridge until your permanent restoration is complete.

Harbor Mesa Dental Care is dedicated to providing Costa Mesa, CA, with the comprehensive dental care everyone needs to maintain healthy smiles. No matter whether you need to schedule your child’s routine dental cleaning or you want to talk to us about crowns and bridges, we are always here for you.

By Harbor Mesa Dental Care
November 02, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Countless people around the country have broken, damaged or otherwise compromised teeth. These situations can take a toll on your dental crownsoutward appearance, lowering self-esteem or creating difficulties in eating or chewing and causing health issues. However, restoring your damaged teeth with dental crowns can help these situations and more. Can dental crowns help you? Learn more about crowns with Harbor Mesa Dental Care in Costa Mesa, CA.

Do I need a dental crown? 
Dental crowns benefit many situations. Dentists use this versatile dental restoration to accomplish many things, including to:

  • restore the shape, size or biting surface of a damaged tooth
  • improve the appearance of an unsightly or discolored tooth
  • stabilize a tooth with a large dental filling
  • strengthen a weakened tooth
  • hold a dental bridge in place
  • restore the biting surface of a worn tooth

If you think you could benefit from a dental crown, consult your dentist at Harbor Mesa Dental Care in Costa Mesa, CA. With their help, you can determine if a crown is your best dental restoration option.

My dentist says I require a crown. Now what? 
Dental crowns usually require two dental appointments. Your first appointment serves as a consultation and allows your dentist to confirm that you need a crown. If a crown is your best option, your dentist will prepare your tooth and take a mold of your mouth by having you bite down on dental molding clay. This impression helps the dental laboratory, which designs and creates the actual crown itself, provide you with a completely customized restoration which seamlessly fits into your mouth. After about two weeks, your crown will return to your dentist’s office from the laboratory. At this time, you will go in for another appointment where your dentist permanently places your crown onto your tooth.

Dental Crowns in Costa Mesa, CA
Though usually made from porcelain, you can also choose cheaper materials, like porcelain fused to metal or gold crowns. Dental crowns are very durable and, thanks to their design and materials, last for many years before requiring maintenance or replacement. Additionally, your crown will remain permanently inside of your mouth. Your crown requires the same steps as your natural teeth when it comes to care. Simply brush twice a day, floss once and see your dentist twice a year for regular check-ups.

Please contact Dr. Jeffrey Sanacore, Dr. Randall Kunert and Dr. DeBourg-Shilaimon at Harbor Mesa Dental Care in Costa Mesa, CA for more information about dental crowns. Call (714) 825-0025 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!