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.
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**