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What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is used to restore the beauty and function of teeth that have suffered significant damage from decay or fracture.  Crowns provide excellent aesthetics and protect the remaining tooth structure from fracture, thus extending the life and function of a tooth for many years.  

Why do I need a crown?

A crown is used when a tooth has had significant damage from either decay or fracture. A crown can also improve the appearance of misshapen or severely discolored teeth. Another frequent indication for a crown is following root canal treatment to strengthen and protect the tooth. 

What happens during a crown appointment?

The natural tooth is prepared by removing a small amount of the outside of the tooth. If extensive tooth structure is missing, filling material called a “build up” is used to replace the compromised or missing tooth structure.  An impression is then taken and used to make a custom designed porcelain or gold crown. The impression is sent to a lab where this customized crown is created. A temporary crown will be placed until the customized crown is completed. When the crown is complete and during a subsequent visit, the customized crown is cemented into place. 

What do crowns look like?

Crowns typically look like regular teeth. In fact, most people cannot tell the difference between a natural tooth and an excellent crown. Modern dental materials allow for a tooth colored crown that is as beautiful as it is strong. We match the color of your crown to your other teeth so that it looks like it belongs in your mouth. Gold crowns can still be placed, but most patients (about 98% in our office) choose to have a tooth colored crown. 

Diagram schemtic of dental crown
Dental porcelain crown
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