A crown is a custom-made, tooth-colored restoration that encircles all the tooth’s surfaces & restores it to its ideal original size & shape. Crowns strengthen & protect teeth that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. They are ideal for teeth that have large, fractured or broken fillings, cracked teeth or teeth that are badly decayed. Procera, Lava™, & eMax™ are some of the types of porcelain/ceramic crowns we often prefer.
Crowns cover & support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth left. They can be used to attach a bridge, protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one that’s already broken. A crown, also called a cap, is a good way to cover teeth that are discolored or badly shaped as well, or to cover a dental implant. A crown can make your tooth stronger & improve its appearance.
There are several types of crowns, including porcelain, ceramic, resin & metal alloys. The material used can be altered to match the color of your teeth. Our primary concern is keeping your smile bright & healthy, so ask our dentists which type is right for you!
Getting a crown takes two steps: First, we prepare the tooth by taking x-rays & pictures to check the surrounding bone & tissue & filing down the tooth to make room for the crown. Then the crown is made & cemented into place.
A crown acts the same way as a tooth, so after your crowns are placed, you should treat it the same way as well. Continue to brush & floss regularly & see your dentist for regular checkups!