Crowns

Crowns are essentially a cap that goes over a tooth to add strength and durability. Crowns are placed after a large filling, root canal, or over a brittle tooth to prevent fractures. There are several types of crowns with different materials, everything from all porcelain, to porcelain fused to metal, to gold. Each material has benefits over another. The crown will usually take two office visits. First, the doctor will prepare the tooth by shaping it to receive the crown. An impression will be taken of the shaped tooth and will be sent off to the lab for precision crafting of your crown. A temporary crown will be made so you are as comfortable as possible until the new crown arrives. This also prevents movement of the tooth until the placement of the crown, an extremely important part of the procedure. When the crown arrives, the doctor will place the crown and make any adjustments necessary for your comfort. Allow our staff of experts help you understand which material is best for you.

1) Porcelain

Dental porcelain can be sculpted to closely replicate the look of natural tooth enamel, while providing desirable strength and resilience. Porcelain crowns, inlays and onlays are an excellent choice when recreating the form and function of a damaged tooth. With current day technology advancements, all porcelain restorations have become a more traditional choice.

2) Porcelain Fused to Metal

This is a metal cap with porcelain fused on top. Allows the look of porcelain, with the strength of metal. This is a very strong and durable method and one that allows the best of both worlds. While there is still a small chance of cracking the porcelain on heavy biting loads, this restoration is much stronger than a full porcelain crown, and does not require as much reduction of the natural tooth.

3) Gold

They are very strong and require little reduction of the natural tooth for strength. They are very resistant to fracture and have a better “wear” on the other natural teeth. Our staff would love to help you in your decision for the right crow