A crown restores a tooth to proper aesthetics and strength. Crowns are indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
WHAT IS A CROWN?
A crown is a restoration that covers a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size. Its purpose is to strengthen or improve the appearance of a tooth. In our office, almost all crowns are completely ceramic, enhancing esthetics and biocompatibility.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A CROWN?
- Restoring teeth when there is not enough tooth structure for a filling
- Protecting weak teeth from fracturing
- Restoring fractured teeth
- Covering badly shaped or discolored teeth
- Covering dental implants
WHAT STEPS ARE REQUIRED TO GET A CROWN?
On the first visit, the tooth will be prepared or shaped to accommodate the thickness of the crown. If the tooth has a large previous filling or missing area, the tooth may be rebuilt with a resin-based material that serves as the foundation for the crown. An impression (clinical or digital) is made of the prepared tooth so that our laboratory can create the final restoration. A temporary crown will be placed for the interim. Usually at a second appointment, the crown will be cemented permanently.
WHAT MATERIALS ARE USED IN MAKING A CROWN?
Most crowns in our office are made of pure ceramic materials to avoid the use of metals. This avoids the unsightly dark lines at the gum level and creates a restoration that is more biocompatible.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR A CROWN?
You are a candidate for a crown if you have enough healthy tooth structure above the gum tissue. However, if the tooth is lost, implants or bridges are alternative options.
A forty-five year old female presented to our office with poorly adapted porcelain-metal crowns. The crowns were too bulky, causing inflammation of the gums.
Her existing crowns were removed and replaced with all ceramic crowns from our laboratory for a more translucent and natural appearance.