A dental crown is a dental restoration that completely covers the visible portion of your tooth. A dental crown is cemented onto the tooth, restoring the tooth to its original natural-looking appearance.
Three main types of dental crowns exist, depending on the type of material: (#1) porcelain crowns, (#2) porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, and (#3) gold crowns. A porcelain crown is made completely of porcelain, which is an extremely natural looking and aesthetic material. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are made with a metal inside and porcelain outside; the metal inside provides proper strength and the porcelain outside provides a beautiful appearance. Gold crowns are obviously made of gold but are rarely used anymore due to their poor aesthetics.
Why would you need a dental crown? Dental crowns may be the best option in various situations: a filling breaks, a tooth chips, a cavity is too large, or a tooth is misshaped.
A dental crown typically takes two appointments to complete. At the first appointment, your dentist will numb the area to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. Then, the tooth will be prepared for the crown by filing it down slightly to achieve the perfect proportions and shape. Then, a mold of the tooth is taken and sent to a dental laboratory, where the crown is made to the exact specifications necessary. At the next appointment, the crown will be cemented in. (Learn more about the procedure of a dental crown)
An implants crown is a special type of dental crown that is placed on top of an implant to replace a missing tooth. A dental implant is a titanium screw that is placed in the jaw bone in the area of a missing tooth. Then, an implant crown that looks and feels like a natural tooth is placed on top of the implant screw to replace the missing tooth.
Below, you will find links to extensive information that I wrote about dental crowns. The internet provides very few articles about crowns, so I wanted to help the public read about the types, costs, advantages, disadvantages, and procedures of tooth crowns and implant crowns.
Also, check out Dr. Lissauer’s blog about how to prevent food getting stuck between a dental crown and your adjacent teeth. Dr. Lissauer also wrote a blog post about how dental crowns can help correct crowded, crooked teeth.
A little about me and my experiences with dental crowns:
After graduating from Tufts Dental School, I completed a residency at Boston City Hospital. Following the residency, I worked in a practice near Boston while teaching at my dental school for a few years. My wife Joanne and I then decided to move to south Florida, where I have practiced for the past twenty-five years. Over this time, cosmetic dentistry has become my passion, especially making beautiful dental crowns. In the office, we make sure that every crown blends absolutely perfectly with our patients’ natural teeth. If the color of a dental crown is slightly off, we add a little color and bake the crown in our porcelain oven until it is the perfect shade. Also, we want every crown to look gorgeous and last as long as possible, so we only use the highest quality porcelain. If we are making a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown, we only use high precious metal. In addition, to make every crown, we confidently believe that we use the best dental laboratory in the country. If you have questions about dental crowns or would like to come in for a complimentary evaluation, please feel free to contact us.