A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance after decay is removed, after endodontic treatment or to fix fractures/breaks. Crowns can be made from several types different types of materials; metal alloys, ceramics, porcelain, composite resin, or combinations of these materials may be used. In the process of making a crown, the material often is colored to blend in with your natural teeth. They are custom fitted to your teeth, the spacing and shape of your teeth will be evaluated to determine the crown’s fit. These crowns provide protection from additional trauma.
Once your tooth is repaired , you will receive a temporary crown while your permanent crown is prepared at a local lab. The permanent crown will be applied during the second visit with a special type of tooth cement that bonds properly to your tooth. Crowns mimic your natural so cleaning habits can continue as normal, as well as, your daily activities with a more complete smile.
There are many reasons that a crown would be your ideal choice for restoration:
- A large cavity is endangering the health of your tooth.
- Once a tooth has become root canaled, it is extremely fragile and weak.
- A tooth that is needed as an anchor to a removable partial may be inadequate for such a task. (The anchor tooth is where the partial will clasp for stability). In this situation, a crown can be placed on the anchor tooth with the proper dimensions needed for the support.
- Implant crowns are used for the final restoration of an implant when replacing missing teeth.
- Aesthetically, crowns are a perfect solution when a veneer is not an option for one reason or another. Some examples of this situation would be someone who clinches or grinds their teeth or has too much decay or fracture within the tooth structure.
****All of the upper teeth were restored with Porcelain Crowns. We will be restoring the lower teeth in the future**