A crown, which is often referred to as a cap, is essentially a helmet encasing the entire exposed tooth surface for maximum tooth protection. Crowns strengthen and protect the underlying tooth structure while beautifully restoring it to an ideal shape and size.
Crowns are custom made by the dental laboratory using traditional cast gold alloy, a solid tooth colored dental porcelain material, or a hybrid of the two where there is a cast gold understructure with fused porcelain on the exterior surface. Full coverage crown restorations provide me with the most control over developing a natural tooth shape with a beautiful, smooth surface. Often when using either the all ceramic or porcelain fused-to-gold crown technique on front teeth, I will have you visit my dental ceramist for a custom shade appointment so the color and characterization of the porcelain genuinely matches your adjacent natural teeth.
Indications for crowns:
- Protect weak teeth from fracturing
- Cracked or fractured teeth
- Severely decayed or worn teeth
- Root canaled teeth
- Restore a dental implant
- Restore teeth necessary to support a partial denture
Crowns are but one choice for restoring your teeth. All dental materials have certain advantages and disadvantages but no dental material is capable of lasting forever. As your dentist, I will always advise you on the best material choices for any given situation based upon your needs, dental research, and my experience. Of course excellent oral hygiene practices, good dietary habits, and regular dental visits to my practice will aid in the life of any restoration.