What is a Dental Crown?
Dental Crowns are cemented or bonded tooth restorations that entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening the tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. Ceramic crowns can be custom matched to the color of your natural teeth.
Dental Crown Recommendations:
- Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
- Protect a damaged or cracked tooth from fracturing
- Restore a broken tooth
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
- Restore a tooth that has had root canal treatment
How do I get a Crown?
To get a crown the tooth must be reduced in size so that the crown will fit over and seal it properly. Building up the internal core of the tooth may be required if there is not enough structure remaining to support a dental crown. An impression is taken to provide an exact mold for the new crown. Using this impression, our dental lab makes your crown, in the material we specify. A temporary crown will be placed to cover the prepared tooth while the permanent crown is being made. When the permanent crown is ready, generally 2-4 weeks, the temporary crown is removed, and the new crown is cemented over your prepared tooth.
What materials are used in a Crown?
When appropriate, we use All Ceramic crowns. These materials offer the most natural look in your mouth, since they can be made to look and feel just like real teeth. For those people who are allergic to metal, or who prefer not to have metal crowns, all porcelain or all ceramic crowns are an excellent option. Gold alloy crowns are occasionally used in non esthetic areas when optimal strength is required.
BESIDES MATERIALS, THE SKILL LEVEL & EXPERIENCE OF THE DENTIST & HIS LAB ARE KEY TO THE SUCCESS OF ANY DENTAL CROWN RESTORATION.
We will help you choose the dental crown material that best fits your needs!