Dental Crowns

Also known as caps, dental crowns satisfy multiple treatment goals:

  • • Strengthen cracked, broken, or heavily decayed teeth
  • • Restore aesthetics of stained, chipped, out of line teeth
  • • Recommended for teeth with large restorations and/or a root canal

 

They achieve all of this by completely enclosing all surfaces of the tooth above the gum line.

We work with patients case by case to choose a suitable material, taking into consideration durability, aesthetics, & function.

  • Such a versatile treatment naturally has multiple options for restorative material.

Gold Crowns

  • • Resistant to chipping
  • • Less tooth structure removed
  • • Does not match color of other teeth

Porcelain Fused to Metal

  • • Best compromise between aesthetics & durability
  • • Color matched porcelain is layered on top of a metal foundation

Ceramic Crowns

  • • Most aesthetic option
  • • Perfect for front teeth
  • • Not as tough as other two materials

 

Crowns take 2 appointments to complete.

During the first appointment the tooth is reshaped, an impression is taken, & a temporary crown is placed.

A temporary crown serves two purposes:

  • • Protects the tooth from sensitivity
  • • Holds the space for the permanent crown

 

The impression is sent to a lab where the permanent crown is made.

10-12 days later the permanent crown returns, the temporary is removed, & the final crown is cemented in place.