Our dentists can fix a number of different problems with your smile with dental crowns in Sacramento, California. You may be surprised at the number of ways Dr. Peter Kim and Dr. William Altig can use crowns to improve your appearance and oral health. To learn more, call Sierra Oaks Dental at (916) 481-2000 to plan your visit.


before and after photos of dental crowns

(4) Anterior Crown Restorations (Top 4 front teeth repaired with crowns)


What Is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a treatment used to replace a decayed, diseased, broken or fractured tooth. Dental crowns can be made of many different materials (porcelain, zirconia, gold, ceramic and others). The material used is decided upon by the patient and dentist during the consultation process. Every patients’ needs are different, and the different materials feature pros and cons for different applications.

Dental crowns are sought out after decay has progressed to the point where a filling will no longer save the tooth. They are designed in dental labs using high-tech manufacturing machinery. At Sierra Oaks Dental, our dentists and team discuss the various labs that we partner with to identify which lab best fits the patients’ desires and needs.

A dental crown will fit over the remaining structure of the tooth after decay has been removed. The crown starts at the gumline and covers the exposed portion of the tooth.

Why Opt for a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is ideal for saving an organic tooth structure when decay has progressed through the surfaces of the tooth. If a dental crown is not used as a treatment for a decayed tooth, then the tooth will likely need to be extracted at some point.

If a tooth has been broken or fractured and a filling is not an adequate treatment option, then a dental crown is the best option for saving the tooth. With a dental crown, you will maintain the integrity of your natural smile as well as the aesthetic.

If a patient receives root canal treatment, then it is highly recommended that they receive a dental crown. A crown will preserve the structure of the tooth. After a root canal, the structure of the remaining tooth can become brittle because of the extraction of the pulp. The crown helps to support the tooth and properly aid in function and regular wear.

Dental crowns can also be options for misshapen teeth. Not all people are the same, so we cannot expect our teeth to be either. If a patient’s teeth require adjustment to improve bite alignment and comfort, then a dental crown may be a great option.

Benefits of a Dental Crown Treatment

Dental crowns are beneficial because they maintain the natural tooth root structure and the natural occlusion or bite alignment of the patient.

Process of Receiving a Dental Crown

A dental crown treatment will start with a consultation with the dentist. The patient and dentist will discuss the various labs and materials available for the treatment. Once the material of the crown and the dental lab are agreed upon, the dentist will prepare the tooth for the crown.

During the initial visit when the dentist prepares the tooth for a crown, the dentist and dental assistants will create a temporary crown to take place of the tooth until the permanent crown is received by the dental lab.

The temporary crown is worn for one to three weeks while the permanent crown is being created. When the permanent crown arrives at the office, the patient will return to have it cemented to the natural tooth.

Cost of a Dental Crown

When it comes to dental crowns, every patients’ needs are different. The location of the tooth, the material used and the lab can be factors in the cost. During a consultation, our dentists will be able to provide the patient with an accurate estimate of the cost.