Dental Crowns

Advances in dental material have almost eliminated the need for unsightly metal in the mouth. Gold still remains an excellent option for back teeth when cosmetics are not a concern however the newer Zirconium based crowns rival gold for their strength and duration.

Front teeth are usually restored with all ceramic crowns that have the best esthetics over conventional porcelain fused to metal crowns. Because the crown has no metal substructure light is allowed to pass through it and they look very much like natural teeth. While not quite as durable as porcelain fused to metal most people would rather have the superior esthetics of all ceramic crowns.

How long does it take to fit a dental crown?

Fitting a crown requires at least two visits to our office. Initially, we will remove decay, shape the tooth, and fit it with a temporary crown fabricated from various shades of acrylic.

On the subsequent visit we will remove the temporary crown, and then fit and adjust the final crown. Finally, we will cement the crown into place and you have a new beautiful looking tooth.

Key Benefits of Dental Crowns

  • Offers support to misshapen teeth or badly broken teeth
  • Looks very natural
  • Fixes “smile” and functional chewing problems

What are the capabilities of crowns?

Crown and bridgework is a very reliable solution for major dental problems caused through accidents, diseases or wear and tear. Major problems can usually be corrected using these techniques. Material used in these repairs is either high-grade porcelain, or porcelain bonded to metal. A higher strength of the porcelain and gold materials is recommended to treat the most serious of dental problems. Where accidental damage has occurred, resulting in lost teeth, or where teeth have broken away through excessive wear, or as the result of old fillings breaking, crowns and/or bridges can be used as a long-term solution.

Many people may have pain from filled back teeth, which is usually due to small cracks on the chewing part of the tooth or adjacent to larger fillings. Placing crowns on these teeth can relieve the pain and will allow a return of full dental function for these teeth. In front teeth, older fillings can both weaken the teeth and cause “appearance” problems due to staining or chipping. All ceramic crowns are appropriate in many areas especially those areas that have high aesthetic demands such as front teeth.