If your smile is in need of a makeover, crowns can provide predictable results. Crowns can give an unattractive tooth back its beautiful shape and color. For smaller or worn down teeth, a crown can restore the natural size of the old tooth. A crown can replace either part of or the tooth's entire structure. For procedures requiring only the areas visible from the outside, a veneer may be an alternative option.
These are very aesthetic, bonded crowns. They are mostly used for front teeth because they are the most natural looking type of crown and are often used in 'cosmetic' dentistry. There are many types, but they all have a common feature - no metal. They can occasionally break, but dental technology has advanced far enough to make them quite strong.
Crowns are used to restore a tooth to its natural size, shape and color after a large filling or crack in the tooth has compromised the tooth. Crowns are almost always placed after a root canal treatment because the tooth becomes weak and is likely to fracture. A crown will strengthen and protect what remains of the tooth and will improve your smile. Crowns are often made of all ceramic material and in some cases can be made in a single visit.
In order for the crown to be placed on the tooth, 1-2mm of the tooth must be taken away and an impression must be made of the tooth. If the office has the ability to make crowns in a day, it will be made and placed on your tooth in the same visit. Otherwise the impression is sent to a lab and your crown is fabricated there. If you have to wait on your crown, a temporary is placed on your tooth and will be replaced with your crown when it arrives. When the crown is placed on your tooth, sometimes it needs to be adjusted a little to make the proper fit. After it is adjusted it is cemented to your tooth and is a permanent solution.
The 'gold' standard. Dental gold is about 60% gold alloy which is meant to match the hardness of the enamel of opposing teeth so both wear about evenly, an important trait. Gold does not tarnish or corrode and has some bacterial-inhibiting quality. Gold crowns are strong and will not break. However, gold crowns obviously are not considered aesthetic; they are gold colored. Usually, gold crowns are used for lower back molars because they aren't as noticeable.
With today's advances in dentistry, there are several options when choosing a type of crown. The most common crown utilized in dentistry is referred to as a PFM or porcelain fused to metal crown. For those that have sensitivities to metals or are worried about aesthetics, there are all porcelain crowns or crowns that are composed of a material called composite. There have been several advances in all porcelain crowns and some labs are now utilizing zirconia which is much stronger than a typical porcelain crown. Also, they still are making all metal crowns, which are typically gold, and are usually used on a molar or a back tooth. Of course all of these different options vary in durability, appearance and cost. Please contact our office for any further questions. We would be more than happy to find the crown that is right for you and your situation.
An inlay or onlay is a method of repairing a tooth that is somewhere between a filling and a crown. They are used when the tooth is unable to support a filling, but is not damaged to the point that it needs a crown. An inlay is much like a filling but is inserted into the ridges (cusps) of the chewing surface. An onlay is a little more extensive than an inlay and covers multiple cusps of the tooth. Inlays and onlays are commonly made with ceramic or composite materials but can also be made of gold. They are very durable and can last a long time depending on the material used and how well the patient takes care of them with regular brushing, flossing and visits to the dentist.
based on 14 ratings.
Fourteen San Jose Dentist Reviews.
| 2014 Jesse J. |
| Super friendly and inviting office.... but I hear they're moving to an even better location two doors down! |
The staff is welcoming and friendly, and Dr. Lim is awesome, makes you feel like family and you've known him forever.
Recently went in for impressions and WOW, they rocked it. I've had braces 3x and every time I swear they mix the paste wrong and choke me! Not here. They had just finished up some safety standard meeting with a trainer. It's always nice to know they're staying informed about sanitation and cross contamination to keep their patience safe.
Location is a little hard just because it's a divided road, you'll have to flip a u-ie if you're going back toward Santa Clara. Totally worth a visit.
| 2014 Laurel F. |
| The motto of this dental practice should be "come for the dental work, stay for the view!" |
Seriously, this office has the most amazing view of the bay; it's up on the 6th floor above Union Street and from your little dental chair of doom one can enjoy sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the rest of the postcard perfect sights while biting down on that evil little piece of plastic to get your x-rays. We're talkin' a penthouse suite, big balla type view - if this was a hotel room it would be $1,000 a night. But instead of paying big bucks, I just have to put up with a little bit of scraping and grinding and I can enjoy it for FREE! (Thanks dental insurance!)
I've been coming here since I was a kid (when it was Dr. Bolan's practice) and somehow the fabulous views and kind staff always made getting my teeth cleaned much easier. My dental hygienist, Stephanie, is gentle, efficient, and detail oriented, and the front office staff are always pleasant and helpful.
Dr. Lim is the newest member of the practice (which used to include Dr. Keith and Dr. Chao) and I believe he has pretty much taken over for them. He is young, smart, knowledgeable, and easy to talk to. He's a prosthodontics and dental implant specialist, so since I basically just come in for cleanings and the occasional tiny cavity, it's kind of like having Thomas Keller fix you a grilled cheese sandwich - he's way too talented and educated for my minor dental issues, but he always treats me like I'm as important as anyone else.
| 2014 ILove Y |
| Dr Steven Lim sold his practice to Dr Potesta-Knoll and Dr Knoll this past year but they're ALL awesome. I had Dr Lim remove a tooth for me in November and since he sold the practice he incorporated Dr Potesta-Knoll and Dr Knoll into my treatments. The transition was WAYYY easier than I was afraid (no one likes change) but they're all so nice and helpful. Dr Potesta always has a smile on her face and Dr Knoll was very warm and understanding to any little issues I had with my dental implant. |
And their Nurses and support staff make appointments so simple and always glad to see me! Especially Sue who I've been dealing with since last year when she saw me through my worst!
Ada and Bella are also super duper real and they're so nice I don't think "nice" is the best way to define this team! And Dr Potesta has a few new nurses/support staff who I don't know the names of but I just don't think there's every been a grumpy person in that office.
Although I have no insurance coverage and I am paying for everything myself, they're one of the few that I will say, money well spent and well worth it!
| 2014 Nicole C. |
|Great service!! Friendly nice professional staff. Very gentle but still great, they make you feel very comfortable and welcome. If your looking for a nice reliable trustworthy spot this is it!|
| 2014 Jan V. |
| After feeling not very well attended to at my previous dentist, and having my wife be very happy with hers. I started considering switching to hers: Dr Lim. |
Another reminder was the quality of her mouth guard (that Dr Lim made) compared to mine. Mine was just way cruder, bigger and I assume less comfortable.
So I switched. I have been there about 5 times now, and had both routine and substantial dental work done. Every time I have had the experience that Dr Lim and his staff are attentive, committed to quality work and a happy me, and able to deliver on both :)
| 2014 John V. |
| Having lived in San Francisco for nearly 5 years, I can say with out hesitation that Steve Lim is the best dentist I have found, after visiting many. I found his practice being referred by a friend after I had a filling done by another dentist (I will not mention) which was causing me pain. |
Dr. Lim identified the problem that my previous dentist had broken the filling and did not repair it correctly, he re performed the corrective procedure, and now it is better than it ever. I would enthusiastically recommend Dr. Lim and his friendly staff to any friend.
| 2014 Kaiya N. |
| Dr. Lim and his staff are simply the best. I have had so much dental work done I feel like a professional critic by now! I have gone through oral surgeons, ortho's and prosthodontists and he is by far the best I have seen. He is honest, easy to talk to, and he listens. But most importantly, his work is really good. I received a dental implant from him that was painless, I was not even swollen the next day. I think I took one ibuprofen. He is completely comprehensive in his care, meticulous, and humble. He is the only dentist I see now. |
It is so important to put you dental care in the hands of a true professional, I am grateful to have found him.
| 2014 Mina M. |
| You won't find a better dentist, seriously, I know. I've moved many times and have had to jump around to many different dentists, but Dr. Lim and his staff are so good, that no matter where I end up, I'll always come back. The staff is super friendly and the teeth cleanings are not your normal run of the mill cleanings...they are seriously no joke! She takes her time and gets into every possible nook and cranny. I can't help but flash a huge smile every time I leave the office and walk down Union St. showing off what feels like a whole new set a squeaky clean teeth. Dr. Lim always remembers little things about me and treats me like I feel he would family. He's very personable and acts like he cares a lot. He always explains what he's doing and prepares me for what's to come next. The implant I had to get ended up being a far less scary procedure than I expected and couple years later, it still seems perfect. He walked me though the whole thing and even followed up after the procedure to see how everything was going, which again shows that he really cares about the patient and his work. |
And the cherry on top is the incredible view!! It really doesn't get any better. Laying down on that super comfy leather recliner, having someone clean my teeth and enjoying the amazing view of the Palace of Fine Arts, the GG Bridge and the Bay makes me feel like I'm treating myself to a spa day! I actually look forward to my visits to Dr. Lim's office and go in a lot more regularly to get my teeth cleaned. Highly recommend a visit to Dr Lim's office...you won't be disappointed!
| 2014 Allison W. |
|I used to dread going to the dentist especially for fillings but Dr. Lim is amazing. I couldn't feel a thing and I have a ridiculously low pain threshold!! Don't hesitate to see him...|
| 2014 Kristi C. |
|Best dentist, Best dental hygienists, Best office staff, Best Location! Highest marks for this extraordinarily well qualified (academics, experience, specialized training in several areas of state-of-the-art dentistry) San Francisco dentist. Dr. Lim's dental practice is run with the patient's comfort and high quality care as first priority. You know you are being treated by a dentist and staff who are highly qualified and professional, as well as current on the latest in dental health and state-of-the-art dental procedures|
| 2014 Randi J. |
|I can only say positive things about Dr. Lim and his office. I had a couple of implants put in just yesterday and I wasn't even nervous at all. He did a fantastic job as always. I will never go to any other dentist office again! They have the newest technology equipment. The staff personnel is very professional and super nice. The office itself is super clean...even the restroom! Actually I was quite impressed with the restroom because it was/is exceptionally clean and all new. Thank you so much for all the great work you have already done and are going to still do!|
| 2014 Reginia B. |
|We found Dr.Lim since his new office is located near us off Bascom. My husband went to him first came back raving about how great they were. I booked my appointment a week later. He was so right! They are awesome! They did such a great job cleaning and the Dr.even did a little extra sanding on one tooth that was chipped and causing staining. What I really loved most was how nice they were and that they didn't turn into a car dealership and just try to sell me garbage like my last dentist in Los Gatos. I highly recommend this office to anyone looking for a dentist.|
| 2014 Corina N. |
| I highly recommend Dr. Lim, as he is a world renowned prosthodontist - the best one in the Bay Area (trust me, I did my research!). |
I've been going to his office for cleanings and cavity fillings for over 2 years before I decided to trust him with one of the most important things in my life - my smile make-over for my wedding. Dr. Lim did an amazing job! I used to always smile with my mouth closed, never showing my teeth. Now, my smile is so open and radiant. I'm not afraid of showing my pearly whites and I am constantly getting compliments on them. This literally made me a 'happier' person - I smile widely all the time!!!
Dr. Lim and his staff are caring and professional. Everyone who works at his office seem to genuinely enjoy what they do, and they are always cheerful and helpful. No one likes going to the dentist, but this place makes it as enjoyable as it can be. And if you're looking for a smile make-over, Dr. Lim is your guy!
| 2015 Gina F. |
|Love this dentist office They are always so friendly and efficient! Dr. Lim is such a nice guy and knows his work.|