Dental Bonding V Dental Crowns

Young love couple smiling. Over white background  .

Cracked or chipped teeth can happen to the best of us. When it occurs, many patients are forced to consider the pros and cons of dental bonding versus dental crowns. Depending on your situation, one option may be significantly more effective over the other. This article will take a closer look at both dental bonding and crowns to help you decide which choice is right for you.

Dental bonding: Involves the application of composite material directly to the damaged tooth. This method is generally used as a less costly solution to fix small cracks and chips. Dental bonding material is known to stain and is not as strong as porcelain, so it is essential to avoid poor habits like smoking and chewing on pens or ice cubes.

Dental crowns: Crowns, or ‘caps’ can be used for more extensive restoration. Dental caps are coverings that are applied over the entire tooth. They are often made of porcelain, gold, or ceramic fused to metal. Crowns are a sensible option for patients with severely damaged teeth. Although the process for crowns is more costly and involved, they tend to be a stronger, more permanent solution.

For more information about restorative dental options, contact our office to schedule a consultation with our expert in dental crowns in West Hollywood.


When are Dental Crowns Used?

Closeup portrait of a successful business team laughing together

Because they sit right at the overlap between restorative and cosmetic procedures, crowns are one of the essentials of modern dentistry. They fix existing problems and guard against future ones, all while keeping your smile at full strength.

Today’s crowns are made of such resilient material they can act as strong and as reasonable as the teeth they cover, or replace. The most common materials are stainless steel, porcelain-fused-to-metal, resin, and ceramic.

Probably the most known use of dental crowns is to protect a weak tooth that is in danger of breaking. Crowns provide excellent defense against encroaching decay, and salvage the parts of the tooth that are the most vulnerable.

More recently, crowns are the final step in getting dental implants, which are replacement tooth roots made of titanium. After the implant takes effect by fusing biocompatibly with the jaw, the doctor fits you for a crown. This serves as the entirety of your new tooth.

Crowns are used particularly in children, especially those who appear at risk of poor dental health in adolescence and adulthood. If a baby tooth is too damaged to support a filling, the tooth will be crowned.

Occasionally, a permanent tooth will have less surface area than a filling requires. A crown builds that space back up, making it easier to accept the filling.

For more about crowns, contact our local dentists.

Can Porcelain Crowns Get Stained?

Beautiful happy smiling woman with brown  hairs

Dental porcelain is a highly stain-resistant material. Dr. Frame, our cosmetic dentist in Santa Clara, chooses a color that matches the color of your natural teeth when he designs your crown. This ensures your crown blends seamlessly with the rest of your smile. Once the crown is in position, it will not stain under normal circumstances.

However, porcelain can become stained if it loses its glazed finish. This is most likely to occur if you use a highly abrasive toothpaste or if the crown becomes damaged. You can prevent this with good dental practices. Use a soft-bristled brush, non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste, and a light touch every time you brush. Floss daily. If you grind your teeth, wear a night guard so that you are not at risk of cracking or otherwise damaging the crown. If you notice small margins at the border of the crown and the tooth, let us know so that we can polish them before they become noticeable.

Over time, your natural teeth can become stained, causing your teeth and your crowns to look mismatched. Teeth whitening may be one option, but your crowns may need to be replaced, as well, for the most aesthetic results. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Frame, our porcelain crowns dentist in Santa Clara.

Cuáles son las coronas dentales utilizados para?

woman beauty

Una corona dental tiene la forma de un diente natural, pero es hueca en el centro de modo que pueda ser colocado sobre el diente natural o un implante dental. Las coronas dentales pueden ser de porcelana, porcelana fundida sobre metal, o metal. Las coronas dentales se utilizan para una variedad de razones.

Para que un diente natural para estar en forma con una corona, primero se debe estar preparado. Este proceso se realiza mediante la remodelación de una manera tal que la corona encajará sobre él. Las coronas se utilizan a menudo por nuestro Los Angeles dentista para reforzar un diente que ha sido debilitado por caries o lesión. Una corona también se utiliza para restaurar un diente que ha recibido un tratamiento de conducto. En el proceso de quitar el tejido de la pulpa del diente, se debilita el diente, creando así la necesidad de la corona a fin de que sobreviva.

Una corona de porcelana se puede utilizar para mejorar cosméticamente un diente que está manchada o forma extraña. Porcelana hace para una restauración estética muy ideal, ya que absorbe y refleja la luz de la misma manera que los dientes naturales. Nuestro experto en coronas dentales en Los Angeles también utilizará una corona de porcelana para colocar en la parte superior de un implante dental que se ha utilizado con el fin de sustituir un diente que falta.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Porcelain Crowns

young woman talking on cell phone

Porcelain crowns are a great way to make teeth look better and hide chips, while also shoring up their structure due to weakness from trauma, decay, or repeated dental procedures on the tooth. Our cosmetic dentist in San Francisco uses two types of porcelain crowns, all-porcelain and porcelain-fused-to-metal. All-porcelain crowns have great advantages over the alternatives in some regards, but have a couple disadvantages, also.


Porcelain crowns are the most real looking crowns on the market. They are also virtually impervious to staining, so they will keep that same natural appearance for their lifetime. Also, compared to the most popular type of crowns, resin, they are less likely to develop small fissures that will compromise their integrity. There are also a great option for people with a metal allergy.


Porcelain crowns tend to wear down the teeth next to them more than their metal or resin counterparts, while also commanding a heftier price-tag. They are generally recommended for use on the front teeth because of their natural appearance because they are not as strong as either all-metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal alternatives for the molars.

Our expert in porcelain crowns in San Francisco can advise you about more of their advantages and disadvantages at a consultation.

Advantages of Porcelain Crowns

girl lying on the grass and reading a book

Porcelain crowns are a common choice when it comes to repairing teeth. They cover and protect the entire visible part of the tooth, and this makes them a great option for teeth that have experienced severe damage or decay. Our cosmetic dentist in Northridge may recommend a porcelain crown if you have a tooth with a large filling, a tooth that has fractured or broken or a tooth that has had a root canal treatment.

The benefits of porcelain crown include:
1. A natural-looking appearance
2. Completely customizable color, shape and texture
3. Strength and durability
4. Stain-resistant
5. Safe and biocompatible
6. Comfortable
7. Protective
8. Easy maintenance
9. Improved function

Once the crown is in place, you can use the restored tooth just as you always have. You can brush and floss it as though it is a natural tooth, and it will look so real that you may even forget you have it. By saving the natural tooth using a porcelain crown, you can also be confident that your jawbone will stay stronger and healthier. Call us today to find out more about the best kind of restoration for your needs or to schedule an appointment with our expert in porcelain crowns in Northridge.

Side Effects from Getting a Dental Crown

Side Effects from Getting a Dental CrownDental crowns have been in use for decades, so they are an incredibly safe restoration option. However, you may experience certain side effects after the procedure that could cause some mild discomfort. If you suffer from any prolonged pain or discomfort, or if your gums become inflamed, you should schedule an appointment with our Los Angeles dental crowns dentist immediately. But there are certain milder effects that could occur that are nothing to worry about.

You may experience a sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. There may also be some discomfort while chewing, and your gums may be more tender than usual. These side effects are temporary and should go away within a day or so. However, certain problems may arise that are not normal, and you should get them looked at by our Los Angeles dental crowns dentist right away. You may notice that your bite has become misaligned; this means that the crown’s surface was not properly shaved down. And over time, you may notice a shift in your crown. This is a natural part of the process, but as long as you take good care of your crown, you can expect it to last up to 20 years.