If a tooth has more extensive decay, a dental crown may be the ideal aesthetic and functional restorative solution.
Choosing to have a crown placed can preserve the natural tooth, which is always the goal as preserving the natural teeth helps maintain the supporting bone structure and stability of the surrounding and adjacent teeth.
The first step in the process is to take an impression, which serves as a template to allow your new crown to be made to look and function like your natural tooth.
The tooth will then be prepped, with either the decayed areas or existing filling being removed. Finally, an impression of the prepped tooth and a bite is taken so that the final crown will fit properly when it is placed.
A temporary crown is usually placed to protect the tooth while the lab fabricates your crown. Instead of taking impressions with goopy and horribly tasting dental materials, in this office we utilize a 3D digital impression scanner for your ease and comfort. Click here to learn more about our 3D technology.
There are four common types of crowns:
This type of crown is often used for teeth that are visible when smiling as they are made from a porcelain-based material that retains the look of your natural teeth.
Porcelain Fused to Metal
These crowns are known for their strength and durability while also allowing for a natural-looking restoration.
These may be used when more strength is needed, particularly for patients who grind their teeth at night.