A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth -- to cover the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance. The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:
- To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
- To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
- To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't a lot of tooth left
- To hold a dental bridge in place To cover mis-shapened or severely discolored teeth
Porcelain -fused -to metal crowns use metals that include gold alloy, along with other alloys (for example, palladium). Our all ceramic crown are more esthetic and natural looking, but may not be indicated in all situations.
Both porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns and all ceramic crowns can be color matched to your adjacent teeth. All-ceramic crowns are a good choice for front teeth. Temporary crowns can be made in our office at the time of preparation, whereas permanent crowns are made in a dental laboratory. Temporary crowns are made of acrylic and can be used as a temporary restoration until a permanent crown is constructed by our lab.
It is important not only to have a great dentist, but a great laboratory to fabricate your crown. We have been using out lab for the past 15 years with great results.
We feel that it is very important to listen to our patients suggestions and input when doing any cosmetic procedure. Please see our Smile Makeover Gallery for some before and after pictures of actual patients.