Dental Crowns

Crowns can be used to repair a wide range of decayed, damaged or cracked teeth. They improve appearance, strengthen the tooth and protect it against further damage. Crowns also are used as part of other dental restoration work, like bridges, dentures and root canals. With good care, crowns can last a patient for many years in a way that looks & feels natural. 

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Dental Crowns in Santa Rosa

Crowns Beautifully Restore a Tooth.

Dental crowns are used to restore a tooth to its original size, shape and function after damage or decay, preventing further damage or shifting. 

Completed Crowns in a Day with CEREC

Our office can optionally use state of the art CAD/CAM technology to custom mill crowns in a single appointment, preventing the need for a temporary and a second appointment. 

Durable and Long-Lasting

With proper care like regular dental appointments, brushing and flossing, crowns are extremely durable and long-lasting. 

Why Crowns?

Dental crowns are a useful restorative dentistry tool to repair teeth broken, cracked or damaged by decay or injury. They’re also sometimes called caps, because they wrap around the top of a tooth, making it stronger and securing it from further damage.

Patients might need a dental crown for a variety of reasons, including:

  • to repair a tooth that is severely damaged and cannot be filled
  • to improve the appearance of damaged teeth
  • to hold a dental bridge in place
  • to restore a broken or worn-down tooth
  • after a root canal procedure

Crowns are one solution to these problems, but not the only one. Dr. McCormick will consult with you about your individual situation and help you decide on the best solution for your dental needs.

How we make dental crowns:

We offer two types of dental crowns: traditional impression crowns and CEREC crowns. Which one is best for you also depends on several factors. 

Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, like metal alloys, zirconia, porcelain fused to metal, porcelain fused to zirconia, and all-ceramic. Each offers different strengths. For instance, all-metal or porcelain and metal crowns are stronger, and are better for back teeth which often use the most force when biting and chewing. All-ceramic or porcelain-surface crowns are good choices for front teeth, because they can be customized to the exact same color as your natural teeth and blend in unnoticeably.

For any type of crown, we begin by taking a careful mold of the tooth in need of the crown. For impression crowns, we send the mold to an excellent area dental lab we have been partnering with for many years. Within a few weeks, it will arrive at our office and we can place it on the affected tooth.  If you’re having a CEREC crown created, that can be done right in our office, with no need to wait weeks to get your crown back from the lab.

The procedure of getting a crown is straightforward. Once the tooth is prepared for the crown, which may include reshaping sharp edges or removing some of the tooth to make room for the crown, Dr. McCormick will place it, bond it into place, and smooth down any remaining edges between the tooth and the crown. 

Caring for crowns

Dental crowns can last for many years. Maintaining good oral hygiene is important to help your dental crown last as long as possible. Our staff will instruct you on the best way to care for your crown. It’s important that you are involved in every part of the process of getting a crown, so that you are well-informed about your dental work and how to take care of it properly.

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About Dr. Andrew McCormick:

Dr. Andrew T. McCormick is a native Californian originally from Monterey County. He graduated from U.S.C. school of dentistry and subsequently opened his practice in Santa Rosa, finding Sonoma County to be an ideal place to locate. 

Learning more about the connection between dentistry, medicine, and medications and environmental toxins is of particular interest to Dr. McCormick because he sees the effects of these on his patients.  Because of this, he has sought out non-traditional and progressive educations.  Some of these groups have recently been the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH) and the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT).

One of Dr. McCormick’s interests is involvement in the community.  He was an early participant in Leadership Santa Rosa and now he sits on the board for PDI, a dental clinic in Windsor for underprivileged children. In January 2010, he became an accredited member of AACD, one of 350 dentists worldwide, after extensive work to raise his level of expertise in cosmetic and rehabilitative dentistry. Click here to read more about Dr. McCormick.

Voted Best Dentist in Santa Rosa
by Readers of Bohemian
Magazine
1 of 350 Dentists Worldwide
Accredited with the American
Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

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