Porcelain Restorations

Financial District, San Francisco Porcelain Restorations by Skoulas DDS

Patients in the Financial District and Embarcadero areas of San Francisco choose Skoulas DDS for efficient, high-quality care. We employ methods and materials to place porcelain crowns based on best practices and that offer the best-looking results.

The dental field has developed new restoration options and techniques over the years. When you visit our modern dental practice that serves the Financial District and Embarcadero areas of San Francisco, you can expect porcelain crowns that are extremely strong, aesthetically pleasing, and reflective of these advancements.

Porcelain Inlays and Onlays

If you look in the mirror and are discouraged by the unsightly gray fillings that have dulled your once youthful smile, then it is time to consider their replacement with tooth-colored restorations. Very small fillings can be restored with tooth-colored bonding materials.

However, if the fillings being replaced are large, then porcelain inlays and onlays are the popular alternatives that not only look natural, but at the same time strengthen the remaining tooth structure. Tooth-colored porcelain restorations are extremely durable and require two visits. The result in your mouth could be one with no more dark shadows, but instead a bright, healthy smile.

The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers and Crowns

Financial District and Embarcadero patients of the San Francisco area often need procedures to fix tooth fractures, damage to teeth, or cavities. Skoulas DDS routinely uses porcelain crown and veneer devices for these repairs because of the advantages that they offer.

In the past, porcelain was a brittle material that was less suitable for long-term fixes. Advancements in materials have completely changed the approach that modern dentists use, however:

  • Porcelain veneers and crown applications are now both aesthetically superior and stronger than many alternatives. They are also stain-resistant and durable.
  • The materials we use offer a metal-free approach. This means that your repaired teeth look more natural and don’t show a telltale “line” of the crown or veneer’s metal structure.
  • The porcelain materials can more closely match your original tooth’s color and appearance.

The solutions Dr. Skoulas uses to address tooth damage can blend seamlessly into your smile and restore proper functioning.

Quality Care for Financial District, San Francisco Porcelain Veneer and Crown Patients

Choosing porcelain components alone is not enough to ensure effective results, however.

In any dental procedure, your cosmetic dentist should invest in the best quality materials. Selecting components developed through exacting standards and proven production processes benefits you and your smile—for now and into the future.

At our practice, we generally employ the e.max brand in our treatments. E.max is a leader in the industry and has more than a decade of clinical evidence with a high success rate. In addition, patients typically find that these porcelain devices are an aesthetic improvement over gold and metal materials.

With the right dental components, a conservative treatment approach, and Dr. Skoulas’ expertise, our practice can help you achieve natural-looking and lasting results.

She was excellent, efficient, friendly and knowledgeable. Definitely staying with her as my general dentist.

- Amanda L.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Porcelain Crowns

The Cosmetic Benefits of Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain crowns have evolved so much over the years that they now offer many more benefits than traditional metallic crowns. While there are plenty of functional benefits to getting a porcelain crown, most patients in San Francisco and Embarcadero want to know how their teeth will look after they have one installed.

Whether a patient has experienced a chipped tooth, broken tooth, internal staining or other dental concerns, the cosmetic benefits porcelain crowns offer include:

  • Matching the natural shine of teeth
  • Color matching to make the crown indistinguishable from other teeth
  • Shaping the crown to match the shape of the natural teeth
  • Fixing one tooth or multiple teeth to fill in any gaps

One of the main things Dr. Skoulas hears from her patients in San Francisco and Embarcadero is they often refrain from smiling or talking because they are self-conscious about their teeth. Getting a porcelain crown can take care of the problem quickly and easily, so patients can go about their day smiling and talking confidently, which is Dr. Skoulas’s main goal. With the cosmetic benefits matching or exceeding the benefits of other types of crowns, porcelain crowns are quickly becoming the preferred type of crown for patients. Read more.

How Long Do Porcelain Crowns Last?

The majority of people in San Francisco and Embarcadero have one thing in common: they want their teeth to look healthy and attractive at all times. Sometimes getting a porcelain crown is the best option to achieve those features.

One question many patients ask is how long a porcelain crown will remain attractive-looking. The answer ranges significantly, from anywhere between five years and a lifetime. It all depends on how well the patient takes care of their porcelain crown on a daily basis. Using teeth to open packages, crunching on hard foods frequently, chewing on inedible objects and grinding teeth are all actions that can lead to the reduced lifespan of a porcelain crown.

The good news is there is no limit to the number of times patients in San Francisco and Embarcadero can get porcelain crowns. However, when they are installed, it’s best to establish a quality dental care routine to maintain their shiny and natural-looking appearance for many years to come.

Dr. Skoulas is an expert in porcelain crowns and can help patients develop good oral health regimens to extend the life of theirs. Small daily habits can go a long way in maintaining a beautiful smile and feeling confident about yourself wherever you go. Read more.

How Do I Know if I Need Porcelain Crowns?

One of the most common procedures dentists in the Embarcadero area of San Francisco perform is inserting porcelain crowns. Patients choose to get a porcelain crown for many reasons, and the great news is they serve both functional and aesthetic purposes.

With the busy lives that people in San Francisco and Embarcadero have, there’s generally no time to sit for hours in a dentists chair to have work done. Even a potentially major dental problem could be solved by inserting a porcelain crown within a matter of minutes. Some of the main reasons why people get a porcelain crown are:

  • Having large cavities
  • Following a root canal
  • Stains on the inside of teeth
  • Cracked teeth

People want to look their best at all times, and having great-looking teeth is a part of it. Dr. Skoulas offers porcelain crowns because they not only help a patient feel more comfortable with their dental health, but they also create a full mouth of shiny teeth anyone can be proud of. If you’ve been holding back your smile because of the appearance of your teeth, a porcelain crown can give you the self-confidence to show off your pearly whites. Read more.

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Porcelain Crowns: Quality Replacements that Last

People need dental crowns for various reasons. What many patients don’t realize is there are various materials a dental crown can be constructed from. The best dentists, like Dr. Skoulas, offer porcelain crowns to their patients because they are more aesthetically pleasing, provide great protection to the teeth and reinforce the tooth structure.

A common misconception for patients in San Francisco and Embarcadero is metallic or gold crowns are better due to their strength. However, a porcelain crown is very comparable because of its ability to be chemically bonded to the tooth structure, rather than simply having mechanical retentive properties like metallic crowns.

People who choose to get a porcelain crown can enjoy natural-looking teeth for a lifetime, provided they have a quality dental hygiene routine. Some people are hesitant to get any type of crown since they don’t want their teeth to be mismatched. While this may be true with metallic crowns, a porcelain crown will blend in with the other teeth naturally, so patients won’t even remember it’s not their natural tooth, in some cases.

Dr. Skoulas recommends porcelain crowns to all of her patients in San Francisco and Embarcadero as a long-term option for great dental health and restoring a perfect smile. Read more.

The Benefits of Modern Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain crowns aren’t new by any means, but technology has advanced them significantly over the years. At one time, a porcelain crown was thought of as a great aesthetic option to blend in with natural teeth but wasn’t the best option for durability. That has changed significantly over the years to the point where modern porcelain crowns actually outperform traditional metallic crowns.

There are two types of porcelain crowns Dr. Skoulas uses for her San Francisco and Embarcadero patients: EMAX and Zirconia. EMAX crowns are stronger than the standard porcelain crown and offer the best match to a patient’s natural teeth. Zirconia crowns also blend in with other teeth due to their translucent color and allow for more of the original tooth to be preserved during the process of installing it.

A modern porcelain crown has as many long-term durability benefits as it does extended aesthetic benefits. Patients in San Francisco and Embarcadero who desire both are often surprised when they realize how much porcelain crowns have evolved over the years. The long-term benefits with virtually no downfalls are the main reasons why Dr. Skoulas prefers a porcelain crown over other materials for her patients. Read more.

Porcelain Veneers Frequently Asked Questions

What are porcelain veneers?

A dental veneer is a thin layer of porcelain that’s bonded to your tooth’s surface. Dr. Castaneda can customize your veneers to provide you with a beautiful smile makeover.

When you look in the mirror and see yellow, crooked teeth, you know it’s time for a change. That change can be porcelain veneers; they can mask undesirable tooth defects, color, shape, crowding or spaces. Dr. Castaneda can mask undesirable tooth defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline and damage from an injury or root canal.

How long does the porcelain veneers procedure take?

Porcelain veneers don’t require a surgical procedure, and installing them is a painless process.

Dr. Castaneda requires just a few appointments to place your veneers. First, she examines your mouth to make certain you’re a viable candidate for porcelain veneers. She may take X-rays or make molds of your mouth during your first appointment.

Afterward, she puts her artistic background to work and digitally designs your new smile with the help of her master ceramist. The veneering process always involves a temporary placement, and Dr. Castaneda takes the time to give the temporary veneers and final veneers identical designs. That leads to a superior final product both in terms of function and aesthetics.

She creates the temporary veneer herself, and sends the designs for the permanent version to her expert Ceramicist in Beverly Hills. While you’re waiting for the permanent versions to arrive, she installs the temporary ones.

After she receives the final product, she readies your mouth for your porcelain veneers. With your approval, she will then bond the final porcelain veneers to your teeth to give you a perfect smile transformation.

With her experience and expertise in creating the perfect smile, Dr. Castaneda and her team can have your smile complete in as little as one week. Her process is precise, long-lasting, and doesn’t require a long wait to achieve the best results.

Do porcelain veneers look natural?

Dr. Castaneda’s porcelain veneers are more natural looking than most because of her attention to artistic detail.

Your porcelain veneer must mimic the natural tooth qualities you desire. If not done properly, failures such as de-bonding or fractures of the porcelain veneers are common. The Porcelain veneers created by Dr. Castaneda are customized to fit your lips, face, and skin tone.

If you ever wished you could redesign your smile, veneers could be just the solution for your teeth. Call to schedule a consultation today or request an appointment online.

Learn more about porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns in San Francisco’s Financial District and Embarcadero areas. Schedule an appointment with Skoulas DDS.

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