Dental crowns

Dental crowns

Dental crowns are used to cover decayed, cracked or damaged teeth in order to add strength to the tooth and improve the tooth’s appearance. Often, dental crowns are used when a tooth requires a very large filling or is weak. They can also be used to cover discolored or unattractive teeth. A dental crown functions basically like a cap that sits over an existing tooth, although dental crowns can also be used over dental implants and as part of dental bridges. Crowns are “cemented” onto an existing tooth and fully cover the portion of your tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes your tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or both. Porcelain crowns are most often preferred because they mimic the translucency of natural teeth and are very strong.

  • Right: porcelain fused to metal inside, grey metal will show grey margin around the gum line after a few years.
  • Middle: porcelain fused to gold. Very bio-compatible. No grey margin around the gum line.
  • Left: all porcelain crown, no metal inside. The most esthetic solution.
Porcelain crowns are used to restore severely broken teeth, they are look every bit as natural, leaving no black line at the gum level as seen with some traditional crowns. Crowns are extremely versatile and can be used to align crowding or protruding teeth, close gaps or lighten tooth color. The strength and appearance of our porcelain crowns rival that of natural teeth and they are used to make long lasting changes to the smile.

Indications of crowns

  • Teeth that have been filed multiple times where there is more filling material than there is tooth structure. The tooth structure becomes minimal and weak and no longer can support the large filling. In order to prevent the tooth from fracturing we crown the tooth.
  • Aggressive destruction of the tooth structure due to decay or fracture.
  • Root canalled teeth need the protection of a crown.
  • Discoloration and unaesthetic position of teeth. Crowns can be made to create optimal natural teeth appearance.

Dental Crown procedure

A dental crown can be completed in two office visits.  During the first visit, any broken down teeth are built up first then the teeth are prepared. This process involves trimming back a thin layer from around the tooth to make room for the crown. Then an impression is taken of the tooth to be covered and a temporary crown is placed in the mouth while the permanent crown is being crafted. During the second visit, the permanent dental crown is fitted comfortably and then cemented into place for a permanent restoration.


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