Crowns fully protect teeth and replace any missing tooth structure. A crown enables a tooth to have the longest lifespan possible in the event of larger cavities, failing fillings, and fractures. We utilize biocompatible ceramics such as zirconia to provide strength and a natural appearance. Ultimately, the desired outcome is longevity and protection.
From a cosmetic perspective, our amazing advances in dentistry allow us to replace metal-containing crowns with more biocompatible and esthetically pleasing all-ceramic restorations. Crowns can also be utilized to correct fractures that alter the natural appearance of the tooth while serving a protective function.
Can my tooth be fixed with a crown?
A crown is recommended for situations where a filling would have a poor long-term prognosis. This usually encompasses situations where a tooth has a large cavity, there is a large fracture, or an existing filling is failing. Crowns repair and fully cover the outer tooth surfaces.
What are crowns made of?
Although crowns can be made of a wide variety of materials, ours are made of solid zirconia, a very strong crystalline ceramic that harmoniously disappears into your dentition. This is a metal-free option, and in some situations, we can ask our lab for a combination of zirconia and porcelain to combine the best strength and cosmetic aspects of both materials.
What can I expect from my appointment for a crown?
The crown process usually takes two appointments: one to prepare the tooth and place a temporary crown, and the other to deliver the final permanent crown. The first appointment is for correcting the natural tooth itself, repairing the tooth so that it is able to support the final crown, and for making a mold. At the second appointment, usually, 2-3 weeks later, we will seat your final crown and provide home-care instructions for ensuring the longevity of your new crown.
What is a temporary crown?
While our lab is designing and making your crown, we rely on the temporary crown to protect the tooth and provide you with a means to chew and smile. We work very closely with local dental labs to create a precision-fit, custom-designed crown. Their beautiful craftsmanship requires a few weeks in between appointments.