If your teeth are weak or broken from damage or decay, then you may need a crown. Placing a dental crown is a relatively quick and simple procedure that can strengthen your teeth and your smile.
The crown works as a protective barrier over your tooth, using the existing structure of it while guarding your tooth against further damage.
Dental crowns can be made from several high quality materials including gold, porcelain or a combination of the two. Gold crowns won’t chip or break and can withstand heavy biting and chewing forces well. A porcelain-fused-to-gold crown has an inner metal shell with porcelain baked onto it. These crowns can be a good choice for both front and back teeth. They are strong enough to withstand normal biting pressure and look great, all at the same time. Pure porcelain crowns are also a viable option for some patients and provide the most pleasing esthetic results.
Dental crowns can generally be completed in about two visits with your dentist. The first visit involves filing the existing tooth and making an impression of the area around that tooth for the permanent crown. Our dental assistant will then place a temporary crown over the tooth to protect it between visits. During the second visit, the temporary crown is removed and replaced with the permanent crown.
You have options, even if you are missing multiple teeth. When considering whether or not dentures or bridges are the right fit for you, you will need to take into account your individual needs and lifestyle. We are here to help you make the best decision for you!