Dental Crowns

In general a crown is utilized when there is too little remaining natural healthy tooth, or the remaining tooth is compromised by stress fractures for a filling restoration to serve in an effective predictable manner. The crown is made of a much stronger and more durable material compared to that used for fillings and by encasing the natural tooth it strengthens it to biting forces.

It is essential that there is adequate remaining healthy tooth to support a crown, if not the success of the crown will be compromised.  Your doctor will advise you of the appropriate time to consider a crown.  It is extremely important that the mechanical, esthetic and patient preferences be discussed and factored into determine the optional type and nature of crown best suited for each situation. 

Cerac is a trade name for one type of porcelain crown which is been heavily marketed. That type can be fabricated at our office but given the many alternatives with many notable advantages, it is not used with great frequency.

A well designed and fabricated crown that is cared for by the patient can provide excellent aesthetics and function, such that the patient may forget which teeth had crowns in which did not.

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 of either plastic or metal.

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

  • Replaces missing teeth
  • Offers support to misshapen teeth or badly broken teeth
  • Looks completely 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 gold. 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.

Porcelain crowns and bridges are suitable in cases where porcelain veneers are not. In teeth with root canal fillings, crowns can prevent breakage.