Crowns

Crowns

When the structure of an entire tooth is compromised, a crown, which covers all of the surfaces of the tooth, will need to be placed. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth — to cover the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance. The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.

The example to the left illustrates a fractured front tooth.

A severely chipped front tooth

A severely chipped front tooth

The tooth prepared for a crown

The tooth prepared for a crown

The first step is to prepare the tooth for a crown, which requires reduction of the tooth so that the lab has enough room to produce a life-like crown. We then take an impression, select the proper color for the crown and make a temporary, at which time the first appointment is completed.

The porcelain crown being tried in

The porcelain crown being tried in

The tooth restored to its natural appearance

The tooth restored to its natural appearance

Your case is then sent to the lab to make the crown, which is then tried in and adjusted. Our job is to communicate what your wishes and desires are to the lab technicians so your new crown will be in harmony with the surrounding teeth.

Before your new crown is cemented, we check the fit, the contacts, the bite and the color to make sure it has the same characteristics of your natural teeth.

 

Please see our Crowns Gallery to view the types of results we can achieve with porcelain crowns.

 

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