Dental Crowns Specialist

Rick Pan, DMD

Dentist located in San Jose, CA

Dr. Rick Pan uses dental crowns to restore damaged teeth and improve the smiles of his patients throughout the greater San Jose, California, area. Choosing a skilled practitioner is essential to obtaining a dental crown that looks and functions as intended. If you’d like to learn more about what a new dental crown can do for your smile, schedule an appointment online or call the office today.

Dental Crowns Q&A

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns work like "caps" to cover and protect a damaged or decayed tooth. A crown serves as an aesthetic enhancement as well as a way of providing structural integrity.

Dental crowns are good solutions for the following issues:

  • To restore a broken tooth
  • To cover and protect a large filling
  • To improve the appearance of a misshapen or discolored tooth
  • To complete a dental implant
  • To anchor a dental bridge
  • To prevent a weak tooth from fracture

Dr. Pan provides a comprehensive dental exam before recommending a crown or any other restorative procedure.

What materials are used in dental crowns?

There are numerous material types used in creating a custom dental crown. Each has specific pros and cons.


All-ceramic crowns provide a beautiful, natural-looking restoration. These crowns have much greater benefits as opposed to other types of crowns for a few main reasons:

  • Most ceramic crowns are “monolithic,” meaning it is created from a single block of material with no layering of porcelain over an existing substrate (i.e. porcelain-over-metal). These porcelain crowns are not likely to chip.
  • All-ceramic crowns also offer higher precision and better fit your tooth because they are created using computer-aided design technology.
  • Because these crowns are free of metal, like tradition metal alloy and porcelain-over-metal, they are more biocompatible for your tooth and its surrounding tissues.


These crowns offer the aesthetic appeal of porcelain and the durability and value of metal alloys. The porcelain can chip over time, and there is sometimes a dark line visible at the gumline.

Metal alloys

Metal alloys like nickel-chromium and cobalt-chromium create incredibly durable crowns. While long-lasting and affordable, metal crowns are highly visible and are not generally aesthetically appealing.  

How are dental crowns made?

The process begins with a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable. Next, Dr.Pan will remove any decay, or affected tooth structure, and refine the tooth preparation of any sharp and rough edges.

Once the tooth prep is complete, impressions, or imaging, are taken. That information is sent to the lab where your custom crown is made. You may receive a temporary crown to wear until the permanent version arrives.

Once your crown is ready, you'll return to the office. Dr. Pan removes the temporary and checks the permanent crown for proper fit. The next step involves cementing your crown into place.

If you have questions or concerns about dental crowns, schedule an appointment online or call the office to find an available time to come in and speak with Dr. Pan.